Political scientist Levon Melik-Shanazaryan does not think the events in Kessab can be called genocide because there are no Armenian victims there.
“Of course, a humanitarian catastrophe is taking place there, and the Kessab Armenians need help, especially from Armenia. However, the events in Kessab are not genocide,” Melik-Shahnazaryan told reporters on Thursday.
A genocide could have been committed if the Syrian army and the Armenian side had failed to evacuate the Kessab Armenians.
“I am sure Turkey ordered the terrorist not to touch Armenians because they do not need new victims on the threshold of the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide. But if Turks had seen helpless women or children there, they would have caused harm to them,” the expert said.
Turks had no intention to kill Armenians, but they are concerned over what is called Western Kurdistan.
“Western Kurdistan is a major threat to Turkey because the Kurds residing in Turkey have joined them. And Turkey’s main aim is to put an end to it.”
Armenia’s authorities should apply to Syria’s president, the UN and other international organizations and dispatch squads to Kessab to protect the Armenians and ensure their movement to Armenia.
“After the situation calms down, the Kessab Armenians can decide if they stay or return to Kessab,” Melik-Shahnazaryan said.