March – April 2014
27 March 2014. On Thursday evening, Jeffrey Feltman, the UN Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs, called His Holiness Aram I from New York asking for his assessment of the situation in Kessab. Mr Feltman told the Catholicos that the UN was extremely concerned about the security situation in Kessab. He also told His Holiness that he has been in contact with the Arab League Special Envoy Lakhtar Ibrahimi and the Ambassadors of Armenia and Turkey at the UN in New York.
After describing the situation in Kessab and the role of Turkey, His Holiness Aram I proposed that the Kessab region be declared a demilitarized zone. The UN Under-Secretary promised the Catholicos to follow it up and discuss with Lakhtar Ibrahimi.