Bishop Armash Nalbandian, Primate of the Armenian Church of Damascus, accused Turkey of giving militants in Syria instructions “to target Armenian places, churches, and schools, and to target the very identity of the Armenians.” Bishop Nalbandian, speaking on the Egyptian ON TV channel on January 28, said that a new genocide was taking place in Syria and that “the Arab and non-Arab countries that support the Turkish criminals in Syria bear responsibility for the new genocides.” Recognizing the Armenian genocide and condemning it would “send a message to the world that genocides should never take place,” he said.
Armash Nalbandian: I do not think that the Armenians (in Syria) are targeted in a serious way, but as I said before, some countries in the West and in the region support, one way or another, this revolution, or this terrorism. I’m sad to say that Turkey is one of these countries. The history of Turkey and the Armenians is well known, and especially the Armenian genocide of 1915. We see that the militant groups are instructed to target Armenian places, churches, and schools, and to target the very identity of the Armenians. The way I see it, these instructions are coming from Turkey.[…]
We see that the Armenian presence and identity are somewhat targeted in Aleppo. The Armenian Church is being targeted, and so are the Armenians, who are demanding that Turkey recognize the Armenian genocide.[…]
Today, we are undergoing a new genocide in Syria. A new genocide is taking place, and more genocides will take place. The first genocide in the 20th century occurred in 1915, and the last one was in Rwanda, in 1994-1996. More genocides will take place, as long as we do not condemn them and recognize them. Recognizing the Armenian genocide and condemning it will send a message to the world that genocides should never take place. The Arab and non-Arab countries that support the Turkish criminals in Syria bear responsibility for the new genocides.[…]