‘Very important step’- Expert comments on mission of humanitarian group of Armenian specialists in Syria
YEREVAN, FEBRUARY 9, ARMENPRESS. The mission of a humanitarian group consisting of Armenian specialists in Syria has an exclusively important significance, Armen Petrosyan – expert on Arabic studies, told a press conference in Armenpress.
He said it is necessary to highlight several key factors in order to understand the importance of this step.
“First of all, it is necessary to consider Syria-Armenia or the historic friendly ties between the Armenian and Syrian peoples. The next key factor is the Armenia-Syrian-Armenian community link, and the third one is Armenia’s international reputation which is very important”, the expert said.
He noted that this action continues Armenia’s quite balanced position on the Syrian conflict with a qualitatively new stage. Petrosyan reminded that back in 2011 when the conflict launched, the Armenian people drew attention on Syria because it’s a very important country for Armenia.
“Syria is a key partner for us in the Arab world, this also must be considered from the perspective of the friendship between the Armenian and Syrian peoples. We should never forget the fact that the Syrian people also helped our people during the tragic events. For us the important is that large number of Armenian community has lived and will continue to live in Syria”, he said.
Armenia’s position in 2011-2018 is the approach of positive neutrality, by mainly maintaining the contact with the Syrian government. This is quite an interesting reality in terms of the international image. According to the expert, the international community will definitely appreciate Armenia’s such step.
“Nowadays the humanity faces quite serious humanitarian disasters, the countries lack resources. Armenia, being a country with relatively limited opportunities, is conducting such an important function. This is a very important factor. The presence of Armenian specialists especially in Aleppo, is a humanitarian step of comprehensive significance which will definitely have a positive impact”, he said.
Talking about the possible problems, the expert on Arabic studies said the risky situation is linked with the group’s security. There is still a terror threat, because the issue is not solved yet.
“But I would like to state that this initiative was announced half a year ago. The fact that the process prolonged for half a year, I suppose, was conditioned by getting security guarantees by the Armenian side. The area where our specialists will carry out activities is greatly safe”, he said.
A group consisting of humanitarian de-miners, doctors and Armenian specialists ensuring their safety, a total of 83 people, arrived in Syria’s Aleppo on February 8 aimed at providing professional humanitarian support to the Syrian people, Artsrun Hovhannisyan – Armenian defense ministry spokesperson, said. “The Armenian specialists will carry out humanitarian demining, demining awareness of the population and medical services provision activities in the settlements of Aleppo that are free of military operations. The decision on providing professional humanitarian assistance by Armenia to the Syrian people has been made taking into account the current humanitarian crisis in Syria and especially in Aleppo caused by the military operations, the UN resolutions, the written requests of the Syrian side, as well as the presence of large Armenian community in Aleppo”, the spokesperson said.
The deployment, status, functions and security issues of the Armenian specialists in Syria will be settled in accordance with the Armenian legislation. The transportation and provision issues of the Armenian specialists are being carried out by the assistance of the Russian side.
Edited and translated by Aneta Harutyunyan