ARF’S Margarian Meets with France’s Socialist Party Representative

PARIS (ARF Press Office)–Armenian Revolutionary Federation Bureau representative Hrant Margarian congratulated France’s Socialist Party first secretary Franois Hollande for his party’s firm stance on Turkey’s entry into the European Union–suggesting the party exert efforts to convince other European socialist parties to follow suit.

Hollande confirmed that he has pursued the matter with newly elected President of the European Socialist Party Poul Nyrup Rasmussen–and will work more actively in the coming weeks to push the issue. The two met at the Paris headquarters of the Socialist Party on June 3.

Hollande explained that though it was not possible to get an ARF representative to an electable position in the upcoming European Parliament elections–he assured that the matter would be resolved in time for other European and French elections.

Noting ARF’s integral participation in Socialist International–Margarian said the ARF of Armenia–as a coalition government partner–is able to advance socialist ideology through its activities–and works toward Armenia’s European integration. The Bureau representative invited Hollande to visit Armenia as a guest of the ARF–on the occasion of General Assembly of CIS Socialist parties; Hollande accepted.

Margarian revealed that the ARF plans to establish the Hrair Maroukhian Foundation to follow the example of France’s Jean Juares Foundation–which seeks to foster democracy and social justice by assisting Socialist International party members in the "new democracies" that emerged following the collapse of dictatorships in Latin America–Europe–Asia–and Africa. Hollande promised to collaborate with the ARF on the venture.

Also participating during the meeting between Holland and Margarian were France’s Socialist Party international secretary Philip Cordery and ARF Western Europe Central Committee members Mourad Papazian and Charles Papazian.

During a joint press conference that followed–Hollande announced that in a recent letter he appealed to the president of Turkey to address the issue and recognize the Armenian Genocide.

The sides also announced that a joint ARF–Socialist Party of France announcement had been signed that calls for Turkey’s recognition of the Armenian Genocide and calls on [European] citizens to cast their votes in favor of Socialist party candidates.

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