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2014-09-19 | Conferences
5th Armenia-Diaspora Conference

On September 19-20, 2014, more than 1,000 Armenians from Armenia and the Diaspora participated in the 5th Armenia-Diaspora Conference, which was held in Yerevan and saw an increase in the number of participants. Among the participants were 749 leaders and representatives of Armenian structures and organizations from different countries around the world, a 20-member delegation from Artsakh, as well as 327 state, as well as political and cultural figures, academics and journalists from the Republic of Armenia.

 

Most of the Diaspora Armenian participants were from Russia (130 participants), Syria (103 participants), Lebanon (75 participants), the USA (77 participants), Georgia (45 participants), France (31 participants), Iran (31 participants) and Canada (22 participants).

 

Delegations from Australia (15 participants), Argentina (11 participants), Chile (3 participants) and the South African Republic (1 participants) had arrived in Armenia to participate in the conference.

 

The first pan-national reunion was held in September 1999 and was called the 1st Armenia-Diaspora Forum, followed by the second one in May 2002 and the 3rd Pan-Armenian Forum held in September 2006. The first three forums were organized by the RA Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Since 2011, the RA Ministry of Diaspora has been carrying out that mission. The opening ceremony of the 4th Armenia-Diaspora Conference was held at the Karen Demirtchyan Sport-Concert Complex in Yerevan with the title “Pan-Armenian Conference of Leaders and Representatives of Diaspora Armenian Organizations on September 19, 2011.

 

The conference brought together 550 leaders and representatives of 151 Armenian organizations from 46 countries around the world.

 

The 5th Armenia-Diaspora Conference included three plenary sessions and four panel sessions. RA Prime Minister Hovik Abrahamyan; President of the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic Bako Sahakyan; Catholicos of All Armenians Karekin II; Catholicos Aram I of the Great House of Cilicia; Catholic Patriarch Nerses Petros XIX of the Armenian Catholic Church; President of the Armenian Evangelical World Council, the Very Reverend Hovel Mikaelian, as well as high-ranking officials of Armenia and Artsakh were present at the opening ceremony.

 

RA Prime Minister Hovik Abrahamyan gave his opening remarks at the first plenary session.

 

President of the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic Bako Sahakyan gave welcoming remarks.

 

Catholicos of All Armenians Karekin II gave his blessing and conveyed his message to the participants of the conference.

 

Catholicos Aram I of the Great House of Cilicia gave his blessing to the participants of the conference.

 

“Next year, the Catholicosate of the Great House of Cilicia will be appealing to the Constitutional Court of Turkey with the demand for the return of the historic center of the Catholicosate, the Catholicosate of Sis to its rightful owners, that is, the Armenian Church and the Armenian people. If the Turkish Constitutional Court rejects our appeal, which is most likely, we will immediately submit it to the European Court of Human Rights,” His Holiness announced.

 

Giving his blessing, Catholic Patriarch Nerses Petros XIX of the Armenian Catholic Church also attached importance to recognition of the Armenian Genocide and the Armenians’ claims.

 

President of the Armenian Evangelical World Council, the Very Reverend, Dr. Hovel Mikaelian also gave a speech at the conference.

 

Among the speakers were representative of the ARF-D Bureau Hrant Margaryan; Chairman of the Central Committee of the Social Democrat (Hunchakian) Party (SDHK) Hagop Dikranian; Chairman of the Central Committee of the Armenian Democratic Liberal Party (Ramgavar) (ADLP) Mike Kharapian; Member of the AGBU Central Board in Armenia Vasken Yacoubian; Head of the Armenian Representation of the Armenian Assembly of America Armina Darbinyan; President of the World Armenian Congress and the Union of Armenians of Russia Ara Abrahamyan; Chairwoman of the Central Committee of the Armenian Relief Society (ARS) Vickie Marashlian; Chairman of the Central Committee of Hamazkayin Armenian Educational and Cultural Society Megerdich Megerdichian; Chairman of the Armenian National Committee of America Ken Hachikian; President of the Armenian Jewellers Association Gagik Gevorgyan and Chairman of the Central Committee of Homenetmen Karnig Megerdichian.

 

The second plenary session included four panel discussions with speeches by RA Minister of Diaspora Hranush Hakobyan (“Current Priorities and Future Problems of the Armenia-Diaspora Partnership”); Director of the Armenian Genocide Museum-Institute of the National Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Armenia, Secretary for the State Commission in charge of Coordinating the Events Dedicated to the 100th Anniversary of the Armenian Genocide Hayk Demoyan (“On Organizing the Events Dedicated to the 100th Anniversary of the Armenian Genocide”); head of the task force in charge of coordinating activities with Syrian-Armenians, Chief of Staff of the RA Ministry of Diaspora Firdus Zakaryan (“On the Issues of Syrian-Armenians in Armenia”) and President of the Coordinating Body for Pan-Armenian Forums of Journalists, Editor-in-Chief of Aztag Daily Shahan Kantaharian (“The Role of Armenian Media in the Globalizing World”).

 

The main sessions of the conference were held at Elite Plaza Business Center where the Center had hosted a fair showcasing Syrian-Armenians’ handmade items at the lobby.

 

The conference was held in the following four main directions:

 

  1. International Recognition and Condemnation of the Armenian Genocide and Elimination of the Consequences;
  2. Issues of the Syrian-Armenian Community;
  3. Current Issues and Perspectives of the Armenia-Diaspora Partnership;
  4. Seventh Pan-Armenian Forum of Journalists

 

The session devoted to “International Recognition and Condemnation of the Armenian Genocide and Elimination of the Consequences” was held through discussions on the following topics:

(a)    International recognition and condemnation of the Armenian Genocide;

(b)   Key issues related to cultural genocide;

(c)    Legal issues of the inheritors of victims of the Armenian Genocide;

(d)   Programs and events devoted to the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide

Discussions were held and proposals were made after the panel session.

The panel session devoted to “Issues of the Syrian-Armenian Community” was held through discussions on the following topics:

(a)    Current challenges facing the Syrian-Armenian community;

(b)   Process of integration of the Syrian-Armenian community in the Republic of Armenia;

(c)    Ways of solving the issues facing Armenians in states of emergency

 

The current challenges and the ways to solve the issues of the Syrian-Armenian community were also discussed.

 

The panel session was followed by a discussion and exchange of ideas.

 

The panel session devoted to “Current Issues and Perspectives of the Armenia-Diaspora Partnership” was held through discussions on the future actions of different pan-Armenian organizations in the following directions:

 

(a)    Implementation of activities with communities, according to the peculiarities of the particular region;

(b)   Conventional mechanisms of pan-Armenian organizations and the functioning of those mechanisms;

(c)    Mechanisms and plans for the development of the Armenia-Diaspora partnership;

(d)   Formation and activities of pan-Armenian professional associations

 

The Seventh Pan-Armenian Forum of Journalists kicked off in the frames of the 5th Armenia-Diaspora Conference and was held through discussions on the following topics:

(a)    Media coverage of recognition of the Armenian Genocide and the claims;

(b)   Issues related to knowledge and preservation of the Armenian language;

(c)    Issues related to propaganda, anti-propaganda and information security;

(d)   Trends and perspectives of the development of the Armenia-Diaspora partnership

The Seventh Pan-Armenian Forum of Journalists began with a speech by President of the Coordinating Body for Pan-Armenian Forums of Journalists, Editor-in-Chief of Lebanon’s Aztag Daily Shahan Kantaharian.

The participating journalists exchanged their experiences and decided to work more closely in order to provide coverage of the events dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide.

 

Right after the panel sessions, the participants of the 5th Armenia-Diaspora Conference were hosted at the RA National Assembly and had a meeting with Chairman of the RA National Assembly Galust Sahakyan. RA Minister of Diaspora Hranush Hakobyan and Members of Parliament were also attending the meeting.

 

September 20

 

On September 20, the 5th Armenia-Diaspora Conference continued with four panel sessions.

 

After the results of the panel sessions were summed up, RA Minister of Foreign Affairs Edward Nalbandyan gave a speech for the participants of the all the panel sessions. Presenting the achievements made in the foreign policy of the Republic of Armenia and the current challenges, Edward Nalbandyan mentioned: “Under the direction of the President of Armenia, our diplomats continue to represent and defend the interests of our country and nation in the international arena. The fact that Armenia has established diplomatic relations with nearly 160 countries, has joined nearly 90 international organizations and has signed nearly 1,000 international treaties and agreements is an expressive indicator of the extensive efforts made by Armenian diplomats working at the RA Ministry of Foreign Affairs and within the more than 60 representations abroad. All this would have been difficult, if Armenia didn’t have Armenians in different countries around the world”

 

On September 20, the final plenary session of the 5th Armenia-Diaspora Conference was held with the participation of RA President Serzh Sargsyan at Alexander Spendiaryan National Academic Theater of Opera and Ballet.

 

In his speech, the President of Armenia mentioned: “In 2015, we as a nation will be commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide. By commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide, our nation, which was deprived of its homeland, will reaffirm its will and determination to live, create and live on and will state that it stands united as one and will be consistent with making the wishes of the nation come true. The year 2015 will become a year of serious initiatives and achievements for Armenians in Armenia, Artsakh and the Diaspora.”

 

Attaching special importance to the role of the native language in the preservation of Armenian identity in the Armenian Diaspora, the President stressed the following: “Knowing the native language and transmitting knowledge of the native language to the generations is our nation’s key objective. Therefore, it is the important duty of each and every one of us here to take advantage of all the ways, methods and mechanisms to have young Armenians speak in Armenian and raise them to love and admire the native language. Knowing the Armenian language, the Armenian family and the real homeland are the major guarantees for preservation of the Armenian identity.”

 

Talking about the events dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide, Chief of Staff of the RA President Vigen Sargsyan stated that the creation of the state, pan-Armenian commission in charge of coordinating the events dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide led by the RA President and the more than 50 regional committees conveyed a new quality to the recognition and condemnation and elimination of the consequences of the Armenian Genocide planned and perpetrated at the state level in the Ottoman Empire and in Western Armenia.

 

The results of the sessions were summed up after the speech by Vigen Sargsyan.

 

Representative of the Office for the Armenian Cause and Political Affairs of the ARF-D Bureau Kiro Manoyan presented the results of the panel session devoted to “International Recognition and Condemnation of the Armenian Genocide and Elimination of the Consequences”, stating that recognition, condemnation of the Armenian Genocide and elimination of the consequences will continue to be on the agenda for the Armenians’ political struggle and that the combined efforts of all sectors of the Armenian nation will help reach a final solution to the Armenian Cause.

 

Press speaker of the Diocese of the Armenian Church of Aleppo, general speaker for the Armenian Apostolic, Catholic and Evangelical Communities of Syria Jirair Reyisian presented the results of the panel session devoted to “Issues of the Syrian-Armenian Community”, stating that the conflicts in different corners of the globe put the lives of all Armenians at risk and are serious challenges for the Republic of Armenia.

 

President of the Coordinating Body for Pan-Armenian Forums of Journalists, Editor-in-Chief of Lebanon’s Aztag Daily Shahan Kantaharian presented the results of the Seventh Pan-Armenian Forum of Journalists, stating that, based on the nation’s priorities and the current challenges, from now on, Armenian journalists must work more consistently and systematically in order to raise the level of the international community’s awareness about Armenia and the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, take specific steps against the spread of falsehood and misinformation on the part of Turkey and Azerbaijan, as well as combine their efforts to raise issues of national concern in foreign language mass media and to contribute to the solution to the Armenian Cause.

 

RA Minister of Diaspora Hranush Hakobyan gave a closing speech devoted to the 5th Armenia-Diaspora Conference.

 

The RA Minister of Diaspora divided the raised questions into two parts, that is, enhancing the existing mechanisms and creating new ones.

 

Hranush Hakobyan also stressed the fact that all the assignments that the President of the Republic of Armenia had given to the RA Ministry of Diaspora on its fifth anniversary have been completed and particularly mentioned that the RA Ministry of Diaspora had successfully established contacts with all pan-Armenian and religious organizations of the Armenian Diaspora.

 

The RA Minister of Diaspora expressed gratitude to the President of the Republic of Armenia for making a proposal to create a Pan-Armenian Council.

 

Addressing the President of the Republic of Armenia, the minister mentioned that the RA Ministry of Diaspora has also undertaken the initiative of creating a pan-Armenian television company.

 

The RA Minister of Diaspora also presented the proposal that was made several times during the conference, that is, the proposal to create a group of representatives of the Armenian Diaspora within the RA National Assembly.

 

In closing, the RA Minister of Diaspora emphasized the following: “We are strong together, and together we are going to shape our history and future for the sake of the independent and triumphant Artsakh and the organized Diaspora.”

 

After the conference, Editor-in-Chief of Lebanon’s Khosnag magazine Hampig Mardirossian read the declaration adopted by the participants of the 5th Armenia-Diaspora Conference.

 

Afterwards, the participants of the Armenia-Diaspora Conference visited the RA Ministry of Defense and had a meeting with RA Minister of Defense Seyran Ohanyan. RA Minister of Diaspora Hranush Hakobyan, high-ranking military officers and employees of the ministry were present at the event.

 

On September 21, 2014, the day marking the 23rd anniversary of the Independence of the Republic of Armenia, the participants of the conference visited the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin and Yerablur Military Pantheon.

 

The participants of the conference took part in a Divine Liturgy at the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin, after which they paid tribute to the heroes of the Artsakh war at Yerablur Military Pantheon.

 

In the evening, the participants attended the reception hosted by the RA President on the occasion of Independence Day and a festive concert at Karen Demirtchyan Sport-Concert Complex.

 

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ARMENIAN YOUTH ASSOCIATION OF CALIFORNIA


Dear compatriots,


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His Beatitude Archbishop

Nourhan Manougian, 

Distinguished Reuven Amitai,

Dear participants,

 

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