RALLY URGES MORE GOVERNMENT ASSISTANCE FOR SYRIAN-ARMENIANS SEEKING TO RELOCATE
Narek Alexanyan

hetq
16:32, July 19, 2012

Syrian-Armenians and their supporters rallied today in front of the
Government Building in Yerevan calling for greater assistance on
a national level to those Armenians fleeing Syria and wishing to
relocate in Armenia.

Saying that they expected more from the Armenian government,
the Syrian-Armenians pointed out that, on the contrary, they have
encountered a number of obstacles.

A group calling itself the Hayazn Civic Organization claimed that
the Armenian government has done precious little to facilitate the
relocation of Syrian-Armenians in Armenia.

The organization also criticized Armavia Airlines for seeking to
exploit the situation by hiking airline ticket prices on its Aleppo
to Yerevan flights.

Hayazn representatives Armen Lazarian and Davit Khosrovyan
handed a letter to government officials voicing their concerns
about the inadequacies of the government regarding the plight of
Syrian-Armenians.

The protestors then marched to the Ministry of the Diaspora and the
Foreign Ministry to voice their concerns.

One Syrian Armenian, Antranig Vartanian, told reporters at the scene
that Armenia had an obligation not only to those seeking to relocate
but to the Syrian Armenian community as a whole.


From: Baghdasarian