Scientists Say Effective Ways Needed for Diaspora Relations

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–The seminar entitled "The Issues of Ethnic Self-Preservation of Armenia’s" was dedicated to the issues of development of relations between Armenia and the Diaspora and differences existing between them. It was organized by the "National Civic Initiative" public organization on June 6.

The necessity of establishing effective mechanisms for the interaction of the two parts of the Armenian nation was mentioned during the seminar. According to Levon Abrahamian–a senior research worker of the Institute of Archeology and Ethnography of the National Academy of Sciences of Armenia–this interaction should be executed within the framework of concrete cooperation implying daily studious work to counterbalance forums reminding of a holiday–which are held biannually.

Special attention was paid to the problem of assimilation and possible strengthening of this process in conditions of globalization. In this respect–Abrahamian pointed to the great role of the Armenian Revolutionary Federation in preserving and developing Armenian culture and language in Iran–where–according to the current legislation–Armenia’s represent not national but religious minority.

This seminar is the first one in the series of seminars–which are organized by "National Civil Initiative" jointly with the Armenian Center of National and International Studies on the threshold of the scientific conference entitled "Armenia-Diaspora: General Features and Differences," which is expected to be held this November.

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