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US unhappy with Armenia's "purely humanitarian" mission in Syria
2019-02-13 21:57:00

The Armenian Humanitarian Mission to Syria (AHM) is purely a relief mission guided by the International Humanitarian Law and coordinates its work with the relief agencies and international partners present on the ground, Spokesperson for the armenian Ministry of Foreign Affairs anna Naghdalyan has said.

The comments come after the US Department of State said in comments to Armenian media outlets that the US does not support “any engagement with Syrian military forces, whether that engagement is to provide assistance to civilians or is military in nature.”

“We took note of the statement by the US Department of State in connection with the deployment of the Armenian Humanitarian Mission to Syria (AHM). Armenia and US have long worked together to address the current humanitarian catastrophe in Syria with its massive refugee and displacement crises,” Naghdalyan said.

She noted that throughout the Syrian conflict the plight of civilians, minorities, including the sizable Syrian-Armenian community has consistently been a priority concern for the Armenian people worldwide.

“The Armenian public opinion strongly reflects deep compassion and concern for the sufferings of civilians and the devastation of the country. We speak about a country which has had an indispensable contribution for the survival of the Armenian nation in the wake of the Armenian Genocide,” the Spokesperson said.

She reminded that to date Armenia has sheltered around 22,000 Syrian refugees and has dispatched 4 airplanes of humanitarian aid to the Syrian people.

“With the establishment of a relative normalcy and security, Armenia is now keen to continue its contribution to the humanitarian mission, including by providing doctors and humanitarian sappers, to help improve the livelihoods of civilians in the conflict-torn Aleppo,” Anna Naghdalyan said..

“AHM is a purely relief mission guided by the International Humanitarian Law and coordinates its work with the relief agencies and international partners present on the ground,” she said.

“We share the concerns of the international community with regard to the plight of the ethnic and religious minorities in the Middle East and attach importance to the continued provision of humanitarian support in Syria,” the mFA spokesperson stated.