Karekin II Condemns Violence against Iraqi Yezidis

YEREVAN (Armenpress) — Catholicos of All Armenians Karekin II has sent a letter of support to Mir Tahsin Beg Saied, the temporal leader of the Yezidi community of the world, by means of Archbishop Avak Asaturian, the Primate of the Armenian Diocese of Iraq. According to the press service of the Holy See, the message included the following statement: “From the spiritual center of all Armenians, the Mother See of Holy Echmiadzin, we extend our condolences to You on the ongoing mass killings of the Yezidi population in Iraq. We are deeply concerned about the inhuman violence and the resultant numerous victims in the northern part of Iraq.”

Strongly condemning the massacres and violence against the Yezidi people, the catholicos expressed confidence that the Yezidi people, which has an ancient history, will endure and surmount the challenge it is now facing. Karekin II also called on the international community and organizations to take immediate steps to stop the massacres of Yezidis in Iraq.