The Syrian crisis was a result of Assad’s wrong economic reforms, analyst says

Karen Ghazaryan
Public Radio of Armenia

Every conflict has different layers, and suggesting a common explanation would be simply wrong and restricted, Diaspora Armenian political analyst and journalist, Research Associate at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) of the University of London Vicken Cheterian told reporters in Yerevan.

Presenting details from the Syrian history since 1946, when Syria became an independent state, Vicken Cheterian noted that “the Syrian authorities develop the opinion that the reactionary forces make attacks because of the anti-Western, anti-Israeli stance of the authorities.”

Meanwhile, according to him, the Syrian revolt was a result of President Bashar Al-Assad’s wrong economic reforms.

Vicken Cheterian reminded that during the presidency of Bashar Al-Assad’s father, Syria grew into a stable state and started to interfere in regional affairs. Meanwhile, under Bashar al-Assad Syria’s statehood was destroyed and none of the Syrian forces in struggle believes in the survival of the Syrian statehood.

Speaking about the Kessab, Vicken Cheterian said he does not think the events are connected with the developments in Crimea. The analyst sees a Turkish factor here. Speaking about the informational component, Vicken Cheterian said the awareness campaign about Kessab was conducted very illiterately. “There are rebel districts near the Armenian districts in Syria, where fighting is underway. The Armenian districts may face the threat of destruction because of the incorrect policy of the Armenian side,” the analyst said.

According to his prediction, the struggle will still last long, as it has turned into a platform of clash of different international interests.  Cheterian noted also that that Kessab was not the first blow to the Armenian communities. He believes all Armenians should unite to lend a helping hand to Syrian Armenians, and the Armenian state should be ready to support and host representatives of its communities.

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