Article from the Russian Orthodox media outlet Pravmir
TEHRAN (FNA)- Metropolitan of Mexico, Venezuela and Central America and the Caribbean Islands for the Roman Orthodox Church Antonius Shidrawi said Christians' cries around the world were continuous tirelessly, appealing for repelling Takfiri extremism and stopping support for the western-backed terrorist groups who were committing systematic crimes in Syria.
“The USA allies with terrorism through sending weapons to the Takfiri terrorist groups in Syria,” Antonius Shidrawi said in a SANA’s report. Metropolitan Shidrawi called upon Washington in a statement directed to the US Ambassador in Lebanon David Hill “you are supporting those who do not know what freedom is…The Christians are being slaughtered and displaced from their homeland in Syria, while you are sending weapons to the Takfiri terrorists under the name of opposition.”
Metropolitan Shidrawi addressed the US Ambassador, saying, “It has been more than a year since two archbishops were kidnapped in Syria, and we have not heard a single word criticizing this act by your state whatsoever neither have we heard that it would pressure its ally, Turkey, to release them, but rather we hear that it will continue to send weapons to the armed opposition.”
In the same context, Eastern and Western Greek, Armenian, Coptic, Maronite and Catholic churches in Austria urged for stopping supporting terrorists in Syria and the Middle East, protecting minorities and monitoring extremists, Salafist movements and sleeper cells in Europe.
This came during prayers held by the churches Saturday for releasing the kidnapped archbishops Yohanna Ibrahim, the Syriac Orthodox archbishop of Aleppo, and Paul Yazigi, the Greek Orthodox archbishop of
Muslim clerics speak against Takfiri Ideology 03/07/2013
Aleppo, who were abducted by the armed terrorist groups last year. The churches warned of the danger of the terrorists on the Austrian and European societies and the civil peace in Europe and the whole world. Original article here.
Samantha Power, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations.
On March 21st 2014, extremist groups affiliated with al-Qaeda were facilitated by NATO member state Turkey in crossing the border into Syria where they attacked and overran the Syrian town of Kesab.
The Christian town was comprised of Syrian citizens of Armenian ethnicity. In the mayhem that followed the terror attack thousands fled and sought refuge in the Syrian government controlled city of Lattakia. The homes of the residents were subject to attacks and looting and the towns churches desecrated and robbed. The president of Armenia, Serge Sarkissian, ordered his countries representatives at the U.N. to raise the issue, and he also thanked the Syrian authorities for the steps being taken to protect the Armenians in Kessab. There was widespread disgust and outrage internationally among the Armenian Diaspora that just weeks before the 99th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide that they once again witnessed direct Turkish involvement in the persecution and destruction of an Armenian community.
On April 2nd 2014 Republican Congressman Adam Schiff, a leading voice with regard to U.S. recognition of the Armenian Genocide, questioned U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, Samantha Power, during a State and Foreign Operations Subcommittee hearing on the crisis in Syria. The congressman specifically asked her to outline concrete steps that the United States and the United Nations were taking to address the March 21st attack and capture of the Syrian town of Kessab. In her response Ms. Power ignored the fact that U.S. NATO partner Turkey had facilitated the terror attack on the town saying “I would note that unfortunately the extremist group that that have taken, that appears to have taken, hold of that town is not one that the US or the UN have huge amount of leverage over” and pointed the finger at the most notorious of terror groups declaring that it seemed that “ISIL” (ISIS Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant/Sham) were to blame.
In what can only be deemed the most outlandish hypocrisy and fake concern of the U.S. administration it transpired that on the day before Ms. Power appeared on front of the Congress subcommittee Ahmad al-Jarba, the president of the NATO and GCC (Gulf Cooperation Council) created SNC (Syrian National Coalition), had made a celebratory visit to the environs of Kessab to congratulate the “extremist group” who had seized the town. Ahmad al-Jarba’s open support for the terrorists in Kessab did not in any way hinder his relationship with the U.S. administration. He traveled to America within a few weeks of his Kessab visit and delivered a keynote address at the USIP (United States Institute of Peace) where, without any sense of irony to the supposed mission of that institutes, he called on America to supply the rebels with weapons thereafter he was received at the White House by U.S. President Barak Obama!
The following is an extract of a message sent on June 12th from His Holiness Aram I the Lebanese based leader of the Armenian Apostolic Church for the Holy See of Cilicia to Dr. Paulo Sergio Pinheiro, Chairman of the U.N. Independent International Commission of Inquiry for Syria. Read the full text here.
A report with photos from the Armenpress
Report in Russian from the Abkhazian Network News Agency.
The video link above by ANNA (Abkhazian Network News Agency) now defunct will remain as testament to the manner in which Youtube suspends accounts that seek to show the crimes of armed rebels in Syria. Below a fresh link to the same video.