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Catholicos of All Armenians Issues Statement Condemning Atrocities Against Yezidis

Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin, Information Services, 25 August, 2014 

His Holiness Karekin II, Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians; has sent a supportive letter to the Temporal Leader of All Yezidis, His Sublime Highness Mir Tahsin Saied Beg, which was delivered through His Eminence Archbishop Avak Asadourian, Primate of the Armenian Diocese of Iraq. “From the spiritual center of All Armenians, the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin, we convey to you our condolences on the tragedy suffered by the Yezidi people in Iraq. We strongly condemn the atrocities against the Yezidi people, and are deeply disturbed by the inhumane violence that has destroyed the lives of countless innocent victims in recent days”, His Holiness’ letter said in part.

Strongly condemning the massacres and violent acts carried out against the Yezidi people, the Catholicos of All Armenians expressed confidence that the Yezidi people with their ancient heritage will endure and overcome the trials that have befallen them. His Holiness also called on the international community and organizations to immediately take steps to end the massacres against the Yezidis in Iraq.

The Catholicos of All Armenians wished that peace be restored to Iraq and that the God-loving people of Iraq resume their peaceful lives.

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