April 9, 2014 - 15:29 AMT
PanARMENIAN.Net - The European Ombudsman Institute (EOI) responded to the address of Armenia’s human rights defender Karen Andreasyan on the situation in the Syrian town of Kessab.
Located in the northwestern corner of Syria, near the border with Turkey, Kessab had, until very recently, evaded major battles in the Syrian conflict. The local Armenian population had increased in recently years with the city serving as safe haven for those fleeing from the war-torn cities of Yacubiye, Rakka and Aleppo. On the morning of March 21 extremist foreign fighters launched a vicious attack on Kessab civilians, forcing them to flee neighboring Latakia and Bassit. 1800 Kessab Armenians found refuge in Latakia. There are no victims among Armenian population of Kessab.
In its reply, the EOI urged for protection of human rights and increased efforts for overcoming the Syria crisis. The Institute also called to establish an international law-based constructive cooperation between the civil society and international organizations.
EOI urged the parties in Syria conflict to start a peace dialogue in line with international principles and human rights, Armenia Today reported.
Meanwhile, Russia’s proposal to study the situation in Kessab at the UN Security Council session was rejected, with Syrian army currently conducting military operations in the region, Piter.tv reported.
The first deputy head of the international committee of the Russian Federal Council slammed the UN Security Council for refusal to address the situation. Vladimir Jabarov accused the Security Council members of pursuing their own goal – the ouster of Syrian leader Bashar Assad- while disregarding the Kessab tragedy.