Armenian journalist Hamo Moskofian calls for Turkish president Erdoğan to be tried by international court

NORTH AND EAST SYRIA — In comments made to Hawar News Agency, Armenian journalist Hamo Moskofian called for Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan to be put on trial before an international court for the crimes his government has committed in North and East Syria.

Moskofian said that Erdoğan’s government, which he called “criminal and fascist”, is behind the Istanbul bombing which it is using to justify its attacks on North and East Syria and Iraq. The ultimate goal of the Turkish government is to annihilate all those who stand in its way, committing massacres against the Syriac (Aramean–Assyrian–Chaldean), Kurdish, and Armenian peoples in the region in the pursuit of its goals, he said.

Moskofian explained that Turkey’s current approach is similar to that of the Ottoman Empire, who’s dark history is full of massacres in the pursuit and maintenance of empire.

He added that the only way to hold Turkey accountable is for international human rights institutions to unify their voices in condemnation of Erdoğan and his policy, especially given his support for extremist groups, not only in North and East Syria but also in the Caucasus and Central Asia.

According to Moskofian, Erdoğan has a mercenary army of 85,000 fighters which he uses as a force to threaten countries and governments around the world that oppose his policies.

“I am confident that the cooperation between the 3 million Kurds who live in Germany, in addition to the 2 million in various countries of Western Europe, and the strong Armenian lobby in the US and Greece, will make it easier for us to build strong relations with the US Congress and the European Union,” Moskofian said. “We will be able to force them to take steps to establish an international tribunal in The Hague against Erdoğan.”