ARAM I CALLS ON ARMENIAN COMMUNITY IN SYRIA TO REMAIN UNITED
July 23, 2012 – 15:57 AMT
PanARMENIAN.Net – His Holiness Aram I, Catholicos of the Great
House of Cilicia, who has been following the situation in Syria with
the community leadership in Syria for the past year, expressed his
solidarity with his people, making a statement:
“I have been monitoring the situation in Syria with the Executive
Council of the Catholicosate of Cilicia, and we urge the Armenian
community to remain united in these difficult times.
We have directed the church authorities to assist needy families. The
leadership of the community should help families living in dangerous
neighborhoods move to safety.
Armenians in Syria and in the diaspora should not forget that the
Syrian people welcomed the survivors of the Armenian Genocide by
the Turks and accepted them as co-citizens. Systems may change,
but people stay.
It is important to remind all parties that the Armenian community
in Syria will remain loyal to the country and is aware of its
responsibilities and rights.
Having been informed of the difficulties of the Armenian Schools
in Syria, I instructed the dioceses under the jurisdiction of the
Catholicosate of Cilicia to assist the schools.”
Catholicos Aram I concluded his statement by saying that he was
pleased Armenians were not fleeing the country. He assured the
Armenian community in Syria of his determination and that of the
National Executive Council to continue monitoring the situation and
responding to the changing needs of the people.