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Parliamentary questions
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25 March 2015
Question for written answer E-004733-15
to the Commission
Rule 130
Georgios Epitideios (NI)

 Subject:  Genocide of Greek Orthodox Christians in Syria
 Answer in writing 

Since the armed conflicts began in Syria, the country's Christian population has been targeted by the opposition for collaborating with the legitimate Syrian Government. In fact, Greek Orthodox Christians in Syria have suffered abominably at the hands of paramilitary organisations/armed gangs, which are sadly supported by the West. Over recent years, entire villages have been deserted by residents forced to flee their family homes, religious leaders have been abducted, churches have been desecrated and destroyed and archaeological sites dating back to the Hellenistic period have been damaged.

Islamic organisations have even poisoned the traditional beverages of the Greek Orthodox Christian community, in a bid to engineer their extinction.

Numerous Greek Orthodox Christians have fled the country and those who remain live in constant fear. They are also living in less-than-basic conditions, without food and water, and are dependent entirely on any humanitarian aid that may come their way. They cannot even move around freely, as Islamic snipers murder them.

In short, Greek Orthodox Christians in Syria have become the victims of a coordinated genocide. Their only refuge is the area of Wadi al-Nasara.

In view of the above, will the Commission answer the following:
Is it aware of this situation?
What initiatives has it taken or does it intend to take in order to protect the Greek Orthodox Christian community in Syria?
Original language of question: EL 
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