ANKARA — Turkish government reassured concerns regarding Syrian-Armenians caught between the clashes in northern Syria by issuing a statement underlining that Armenians will be treated well and provided shelter in Turkey.
A written statement by the Turkish Foreign Ministry said Turkey aims to help all Syrians afflicted by clashes in the town of Kasab and its vicinity "without discrimination."
"Turkey has been following the developments in the region in terms of humanitarian assistance. We took measures to ensure civilians are not harmed and informed the United Nations on the issue. The cooperation with both the Armenian Patriarchate of Turkey and Armenian community in Turkey to ensure the safety of Armenians living in Kasab is underway," the statement said, adding that "all basic needs of our guests will be provided."
In another statement, the ministry denied allegations by Armenian Ambassador to Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) that it is the al-Qaeda militants based in Turkey carrying out the attacks in Kasab.