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Possible Turkish-Syrian conflict will sooner or later affect Armenia, Ruben Hakobyan, Head of Heritage Party faction, said in the parliament, Friday.
Hakobyan said that despite such dramatic processes in a region so close to Armenia, the Armenian political forces and authorities fail to take adequate measures to upgrade security of the country. Instead, they are engaged in peanuts politics. They hand over deputies to the law-enforcement agencies.
"Actually, Turkey got carte-blanche to interfere with the domestic affairs of Syria due to a provocation on the border. It bears many threats also for our compatriots in Syria. In case of a military attack on Iran, the region will occur in chaos. The Armenian government should take effective measures to upgrade its immunity, because the above incidents will sooner and later affect Armenia," he said.
Over the last few days the tension on the Syrian-Turkish border has aggravated as armed clashes between government forces and illegal armed groups controlling a number of check points have become more frequent. On 3 October, 2 women and 3 children were killed and 10 people were injured in an artillery shell explosion in a Turkish village of Akchakal. Later in the day, the Turkish artillery shelled a number of targets in the territory of Syria. NATO demanded Syria to stop provocations. On October 4 Turkish Parliament provided extraordinary powers to the Government. Thus, it can make air attacks
and land operations in Syria within a year without participation of the Aram states or NATO partners.