Barseghian Says Armenian Representatives of Reconciliation Commission Cannot Express Armenia’s Opinion

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–There are different opinions regarding the Armenian-Turkish Reconciliation Commission. In particular–many people are concerned that the delegates chosen to represent the Armenian side were not selected properly–expressed Director of the Institute-Museum of the Armenian Genocide–Lavrenty Barseghian–at meeting of the board on July 24. According to Barseghian–the Commission includes mostly those who supported the former authorities–and thereby– do not express the official opinion of present-day Armenia.

Vardan Oskanian–who was also attended the meeting–said that the Foreign Office did not participate in the establishment of the Commission. It was informed of it–but did not interfere–as it had no right to. According to Oskanian–there is a need for a dialogue with the Turkish side–and a more serious state approach to this problem will be taken in the future.

Armenia is represented by: Alexander Arzumanian (former foreign minister); David Hovhannissian (former Armenian ambassador to Syria); Van Grigorian (New York–President of the Board of Directors of the Armenian Assembly of America); Andranik Migranian (Moscow–former advisor of President Boris Yeltsin for foreign policy affairs–member of the Union of Armenia’s of Russia).

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