ARF Participates in European Meeting of Socialist International

YEREVAN–The Central-East European Committee of the Socialist International held a meeting in Zagreb from October 6 to 7. The Committee includes representatives of 35 parties from 25 countries–the Armenian Revolutionary Federation being the only representative from the Caucasian countries.

The ARF was represented by Bureau member Mario Nalbandian–who presented a report on the current situation in Armenia and within the ARF.

Nalbandian pointed out that Armenia’s people and political forces were able to respond to the tragic events of October 27 1999 with restraint and responsibility–"and that response proved that the bases of the developing democracy and national stability are strong enough to resist such threats."

In regard to Nagorno-Karabakh–Nalbandian pointed out that regress was observed in the peace process–as Azerbaijan rejected the "common state" scheme proposed by the OSCE. "Domestic instability in Azerbaijan is also one of the reasons why no considerable progress is expected in the peace process," Nalbandian said–expressing confidence that for a stable peace to be established "Karabakh must participate in the peace process as a party to the conflict."

Speaking of the Armenian Genocide of 1915-1923–Nalbandian stressed that "Turkey’s constant attempts to reject this fact as well as its untimely and vigorous resistance and threats to the states and organizations that are concerned with the settlement of the issue are a threat to peace and security in the region."The Turkish government must be urged to stop deceiving its people. The Turkish people deserve a better destiny and must be helped to admit their own history for similar crimes to be prevented," Nalbandian said.

Nalbandian held a meeting with Co-Chairman of the meeting–Italian Minister of Justice Pierro Fasino. The sides discussed the issue of the Italian Parliament’s adopting a resolution on the Armenian Genocide

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