ARF and PASOK Expand Cooperation

ATHENS (Yerkir)–As a result of an ongoing cooperation between the Panhellenic Socialist Movement (PASOK) and the Armenian Revolutionary Federation (ARF)–representatives of Greece’s ruling socialist party will likely visit Armenia in the near future.

On June 30–the Armenian National Committee of Greece (ANCG) and the ARF Gogiko Committee received Secretary General of PASOK Costas Laliotis–and several members of the Greek Parliament at the Zavarian Center in Athens. Laliotis spoke about the similarities between ARF and PASOK. "Ideologically–we are very similar to the ARF–and our cooperation is extensive," he said.

ANCG representative Krikor Erchenian underscored the Greek government’s kind treatment of the Armenian refugees who fled to Greece after the Armenian Genocide and spoke of the ARF Bureau’s 2002 visit to Athens.

A member of Greece’s parliament and PASOK member Dimitrios Lintzeris spoke about the inclusion of countries in the Caucasus in the European Union. "We will pursue Armenia’s membership and assist Armenia to join European structures," he said.

PASOK was founded on September 3–1974 by Andreas G. Papandreou–who called for the self-organization of popular forces to express the national–democratic and social deman’s of the people emerging from a bleak period of dictatorship. Papandreou became the prime minister of Greece in 1981.

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