Government concerned about alleged arson targeting synagogue in Yerevan


YEREVAN, NOVEMBER 17, ARMENPRESS. Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan’s advisor and Chairman of the Council on National Minority Affairs Artashes Tumanyan has expressed concern over the November 15 alleged attempted arson targeting a synagogue in Yerevan.

Law enforcement agencies are now investigating the incident.

Tumanyan told Armenpress that the attempted arson is concerning especially as it wasn’t the first such incident.

Tumanyan said that law enforcement agencies are investigating, and if the investigation reveals that the incident was indeed arson, then the Armenian authorities will unequivocally condemn it.  “I am sure that the Armenian society’s attitude will be such as well. There are no manifestations of religious, ethnic or other kinds of xenophobia in our country. There is prevailing atmosphere of tolerance and mutual respect for national minorities in our society. Moreover, representatives of national minorities are involved in all sectors of public life,” Tumanyan said.

The official expressed hope that law enforcement agencies will reveal circumstances of the incident.