WASHINGTON: HON. DAVID N. CICILLINE OF RHODE ISLAND IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 2, 2014

US Official News
April 3, 2014 Thursday

Washington

The Library of Congress, The Government of USA has issued the
following Speech:

Mr. CICILLINE. Mr. Speaker, I join my colleagues in Congress
in condemning attacks on the Syrian Armenian population in
Kessab by extremist fighters connected to al-Qaeda. On March 21,
al-Qaeda affiliated terrorists out of Turkey attacked the peaceful
Christian-Armenian community in a town that has served as a place
of refuge for those trying desperately to escape the bloodshed of
the past three years. This brutal assault is yet another consequence
of the increasingly dangerous violence in Syria that leaves innocent
civilians with no choice but to again flee as they have already done
from their homes in Aleppo.

This war and the escalating brutality in the past months have put
far too many innocent civilians at risk and I am deeply troubled
that recent events including mass exoduses and violent strikes upon
the peaceful Armenian communities hark back to the early days of
the Armenian Genocide under Ottoman rule nearly 100 years ago. No
innocent civilian in any part of the world should be targeted because
of their ancestry, ethnicity or religion, and I want to work with
my colleagues to find a way to bring an end to such brutal attacks
and the increasingly violent civil war ravaging the region that has
left over 100,000 dead and forced over 2 million to flee their homes
and communities. I will work with my colleagues on the House Foreign
Affairs Committee to help find a diplomatic solution to this crisis
and ensure that Armenians of Kessab and Aleppo can return to their
peaceful lives.



From: Emil Lazarian | Ararat NewsPress