YEREVAN—The Armenian Relief Society, which is holding its 71st International Convention, which is the organization’s highest executive body, issued a statement Friday condemning Azerbaijani aggression against Armenian villages:
“The 71st Convention of the Armenian Relief Society stands in solidarity with our brothers and sisters in Armenia and Nagorno-Karabagh Republic (Artsakh), and strongly condemns the Azerbaijani Army’s attacks against innocent civilians in the border villages of Armenia and Artsakh,” said the statement.
“The Convention delegates from 22 countries, who are in Yerevan, Armenia, are gravely concerned that the Azerbaijani army continues to violate the ceasefire agreement and attacks peaceful civilians. Children, women, and the elderly are among the dead and injured following the continuous attacks on the border villages,” adds the statement.
“The Convention condemns the violations, and requests that the international community and world leaders make every effort to stop the aggression,” declared the ARS.
71st International Convention of the ARS Held in Yerevan
The official opening of the 71st International Convention of the Armenian Relief Society (ARS, Inc.) took place on Oct. 4, at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel in Yerevan, Armenia. Several officials were present, including Armenia’s Minister of the Diaspora Hranoush Hagopian, representatives of the Armenian Revolutionary Federation Bureau and affiliate organizations, the Director of the European Armenian Federation for Justice and Democracy (EAFJD) Kaspar Karampetian, ARS supporters, convention delegates, and observers.
Remarks were offered by ARS Chair Vicky Marachelian; ARF Bureau member Hagop Der Khatchadourian; Diaspora Minister Hranoush Hagopian; and representative of ARS Armenia Jenik Barsamyan.
During the official opening, a formal agreement of cooperation with regards to cultural, educational, and social projects was signed between the Diaspora Ministry and the ARS.
The ARS “Ararat” Award for Excellence was bestowed upon Dr. Eleni Theocharous, member of the European Parliament and head of the EU-Armenia group, in appreciation of her voluntary humanitarian and medical assistance during the Artsakh conflict.
Currently, Theocharous continues her dedicated work on a political level while promoting and supporting the Armenian cause at the European Parliament. As a result of her diligent efforts, Theocharous has also received awards from Artsakh authorities, Armenia’s President, and the Armenian Parliament. In the absence of Theocharous, the award was presented to EAFJD Director Kaspar Karampetian. In her video message presented to the audience, Theocharous said, “The struggle of the Armenians for their nation, their religion, their freedom…their self-determination is great and continues. In this struggle, I am an Armenian as well. We are all Armenians…I feel the need to congratulate the ARS in the organization of such important activities. I feel deeply moved and grateful and I want to thank you for remembering, recognizing, and honoring my work with such a prestigious award, but mostly for not forgetting those who adore Armenia.”
The “Ararat” Award for Excellence was established in 2003. It is granted to individuals in recognition of their outstanding commitment to humanitarian endeavors and in deep gratitude for their unsolicited and meritorious service to the Armenian people.
The 71st International Convention of the ARS will conclude Friday.