Armenians in North-East Syria express solidarity with the Armenians in Karabakh

On 20 September, Azerbaijan launched a lightning military operation against Armenia's Nagorno-Karabakh (Republic of Artsakh) and captured the region, forcibly displacing over a hundred thousand Armenian residents.

The Council of Armenian Community made a statement denouncing the atrocities against the Armenian population in Nagorno-Karabakh (Republic of Artsakh), which was captured by Azerbaijan after a lightning military operation on 20 September.

The government of Nagorno-Karabakh announced last week that it will dissolve itself and the unrecognized republic will cease to exist by year's end after a three-decade bid for independence. Over a hundred thousand Armenians living in the region have fled to Armenia after more than 200 people died during the attacks and more than 400 others were injured.

Dozens of Armenian citizens gathered at Syriac Square in Heseke city. The press statement read by the co-chair of the Union of Armenian Women, Arbi Kesbiryan, said the following:

“As the Armenian population in North-East Syria, we express our support for our people who have been subjected to atrocities and suffering at the hands of the enemies in Karabakh. The Azerbaijani state, which has been attacking the Armenians in Karabakh since 2020, must put an end to its violations against our people on Armenian lands after their employment of all forms of genocide against the Armenians just like the invading Turkish state.”

The statement pointed out that the Karabakh incident was a continuation of what was done to the Armenian people in 1915.

Denouncing the international silence about the crimes against the Armenian people, the statement said: “We reiterate our promise to our people in Karabakh. The Turkish state and its collaborators will not be able to annihilate the Armenian people. We will be standing against those who attempt to rape our rights to destroy the Armenians.”