Catholicosate of Cilicia
Antelias - Lebanon
7 September 2017. His Holiness Aram I met with UN special envoy for Syria Steffan de Mistura in The Palais des Nations, the main building of the United Nations Office at Geneva. Also present in the meeting were Prof. Teny Pirri-Simonian, president of the Swiss Armenian Foundation: ARMENOFAS and Rev. Bedros Manuelian, the head of Information and Communication department at the Catholicosate of Holy See of Cilicia.
The meeting discussed and assessed the current situation in Syria; de Mistura communicated his viewpoints regarding the peace building and negotiations, while His Holiness welcomed the gradual establishment of peace in Syria and noted that the liberation of Deir Zor had an important significance for Armenians as it symbolizes the Armenian Genocide which was planned and executed by Turkey. Talking about the rehabilitation and rebuilding process of Syrian Armenian community, His Holiness stated that the community has already embarked on the process of identifying its priorities for community building.