Reparations is a ‘current and modern issue,’ Says ARF’s Manoyan

Giro Manoyan and Khatchik DerGhouhassian
Giro Manoyan and Khatchik DerGhouhassian

Giro Manoyan and Khatchik DerGhouhassian

BUENOS AIRES (Agencia Prensa Armenia)—Armenian Revolutionary Federation-Dashnaktsutyun Bureau member Giro Manoyan visited Uruguay and Argentina this week and held a series of meetings with various political representatives, focusing on reparations for the Armenian Genocide.

On November 30 Manoyan met with Uruguayan Senator Ruben Martinez Huelmo and Minister of Economy and Finance Danilo Astori in Montevideo to discuss opportunities for cooperation between the two countries. Manoyan recognized Astori for his ongoing support for the Armenian struggle for truth and justice, and for his contribution to the strengthening of bilateral relations between Armenia and Uruguay.

On December 2 Manoyan presented the first edition of the final report of the Armenian Genocide Reparations Study Group (AGRSG), entitled “Resolution with Justice: Reparations for the Armenian Genocide.” The edition of the book that addresses the issue of the reparations was translated and published by the Armenian National Committee of South America.

Giro Manoyan and Danilo Astori

Giro Manoyan and Danilo Astori

This edition of the research, conducted by Alfred de Zayas, Jermaine McCalpin, Ara Papian, and Henry Theriault, includes a preface written by Professor Khatchik DerGhouhassian.

In his presentation Manoyan said that “our goal was to have a report on the level of the Armenian people worldwide, so that we as Armenians could discuss the issue of reparations.”

“Reparations for pasts injustices in general are a very current and modern issue,” added Manoyan. “There is a movement in the world to have reparations for injustices committed even centuries ago. The whole idea was to bring to the table a study which gives an overall approach to the Armenian Genocide reparations issue.”

During the presentation Khatchik DerGhouhassian said: “We learned a lot from the process of memory, truth and justice in Argentina, we learned how to repair a damage that is irreparable. Argentina is the only country in the world so far where the Armenian Genocide is recognized at the level of Executive, Legislative and Judiciary Powers, along with National and Provincial Governments.”

Giro Manoyan, members of Armenian National  Committee of South America and Juan Carlos Zabalza

Giro Manoyan, members of Armenian National
Committee of South America and Juan Carlos Zabalza

On December 3 Manoyan ended his tour by meeting with the Socialist Argentinean Deputy Juan Carlos Zabalza.

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