September 23
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YEREVAN. – Turkish FM Ahmet Davutoglu’s cynical statement is a mockery of the international community. 
Armenian turkologist Andranik Ispiryan stated the aforesaid at a press conference on Friday.

“Turkey MFA’s cynical call of inviting the Kessab Armenians to Turkey is a mockery of the international community. Thus, Turkey is attempting to pull the wool over the eyes of the international community.  

“But with the video recording which already has appeared on the Internet, it is proved that the terrorist groups freely entered the Armenian-populated Kessab from Turkey, and with Turkey’s assistance,” Ispiryan noted.

He also stressed that the Armenian President’s statement on what occurred in Syria’s predominantly Armenian-populated town of Kessab was important, and that the Armenian MPs’ visit to Syria was a moral and a psychological support to the Syrian Armenians.

The turkologist also brought attention to the fact that the Kessab Armenians, who now have found refuge in Latakia, are in desperate need of food and clothing. 

Andranik Ispiryan added that the West’s silence on this matter is bizarre.

In the early morning on March 21, armed militants from the Jabhat al-Nusra Islamic terrorist group infiltrated into northern Syria’s Latakia Governorate, which is predominantly inhabited by Armenians and Alawites, from four directions. Two large groups of terrorists had launched the attack from Turkey. About 600 Kessab-Armenian families are currently sheltered in Latakia city. On March 23, Turkish fighter planes downed a Syrian military aircraft that was conducting a mission against the Islamic terrorists in Kessab. On Monday, a group of Armenia parliament members headed to Syria to assess the situation in the country.

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