Aram I Concludes Geneva Conference

GENEVA–The International Assembly dedicated to the Israeli-Palestinian issue–chaired by His Holiness Aram I–the Catholicos of Holy See of Cilicia–concluded in Geneva.

During the Assembly several speeches were delivered by representatives from United Nations High Commission on Human Rights–other international organization–as well as authorized officials from the Palestinian Authority.

However–the discussions were sometimes hard to deal with–creating contradictions in regards with the personal approaches and future actions. The Palestinians insisted immediate actions to be taken and wanted the support of international organizations. Others favored a diplomatic resolution of the crisis.

In this situation the strong and flexible measures–taken by Aram I–were crucial in discussing the contradicting opinions in order to reach a realistic goal. His Holiness stressed that," Realism and priority will be the main principles to be followed in this process."

In his closing remarks Catholicos Aram I–referring to the Palestinians–announced the following–"I can read not only your minds–but your hearts and souls as well. I not only understand what you are saying–I even know what you still keep in you minds. As an Armenian I know what does it mean to be persecuted–massacred and to lose a homeland–as an Armenian I know the priority of the struggle for violated human and national rights.

Our entire history witnesses this struggle of freedom and justice. Armenian people will always be by your side in your harsh struggle for human rights and justice. As the chairman of World Council of Churches–I assure you that our organization will always support you. This the goal of our Assembly. This Assembly will begin a process featuring efficient procedures for the Middle East peace process–which will be based on justice only."

In its final day–the Assembly defined the principles regarding the actions to be taken in the upcoming weeks.

For this purpose His Holiness had several meetings with the General Secretary of World Council of Churches as well as other representatives both before and after the Assembly.

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