No Consensus Reached On Political Issues

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–A wide range of issues was discussed at the political section of the second Armenia-Diaspora Pan-Armenian Conference–but consent was reached only on a few issues.

The following problems were outlined as priority: The establishment of a new structure urged to coordinate the relations of Armenia with the Diaspora; the necessity of further struggle for approving Artsakh in the international arena; the topical issues of the Armenia’s’ security both in the Caucasus and in other regions; the necessity of continuing struggle for the Hay Dat (Armenian Cause) and achievement of the world recognition and condemnation of the Armenian Genocide of 1915-23.

The unity of opinions was watched only on supporting Armenia and the Nagorno Karabakh in the matter of the achievement of the peaceful settlement of the Karabakh problem–which answers the interests of the Armenian nation.

Mutually exclusive opinions were sounded on other issues. Speeches by ARF Bureau member Garo Armenian (US) and Andranik Mihranian mentioned that the authorities of Armenia’should re-observe a number of provisions of the policies of complementarity in the light of world changes after the events of September 11–2001. Levon Zekiyan (Italy)–Karabakh Prime Minister Anushavan Danielian–Yeghik Jerejian (Lebanon)–Chairman of the Constitutional Court of Armenia Gagik Harutyunian spoke as covert opponents.

Opinions were also divided on the problems of the Diaspora’s internal organization. In particular–Andranik Mihranian expressed an opinion about the necessity of the consolidation of the Armenian communities far abroad by means of refusing from the activities of political parties there. In response–representatives of the traditional Armenian parties approved that both in the Diaspora and in Armenia they always operated and will operate in the name of the common interests of the whole Armenian people.

Agreemen’s also couldn’t also be reached on the problem of the establishment of a structure to coordinate interaction of Armenia with the Diaspora. Eduard Melkonian–the representative of the NAS of Armenia–thinks that it is necessary to establish a separate state body for this purpose.

His opponent was the Chairman of the Constitutional Court–who urged to refuse from the idea of governing the Diaspora from Yerevan and always taking into consideration considerable difference between the concrete goals of the Armenian statehood and the goals of the Armenian nation on the whole. A close opinion was also expressed by Ruben Shugarian–the Armenian Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs.

The discussions of the issue about Hay Dat were most ardent–which is mainly connected with the activities of the Turkish-Armenian Reconciliation Commission (TARC). Participants–in fact–didn’t point to the concrete ways of the achievement of the goals of policies of the Armenian state and the Diaspora in this direction.

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