ARF Affiliate Organizations Convene Conference in Bulgaria

SOFIA (ARF Press Office)–Representatives of pan-Armenian organizations met in the Bulgarian capital of Sofia–March 12-13–during a conference of ARF-affiliated bodies–organized by the Bureau of the Armenian Revolutionary Federation (ARF).

It coincided with commemorative events marking the 100th anniversary of Armenian Revolutionary Federation co-founder Kristapor Mikaelian’s tragic death–including a pilgrimage to Bulgaria’s Mount Vitosha where Mikaelian was killed.

The conference reviewed implementation of projects targeted at the ARF’s 29th World Congress (February 2004)–and also detailed issues that Armenia–along with the Armenian people currently face. Though approaches to resolving a variety of issues were discussed–the body identified priorities–stressing that the ARF must concentrate on implementation of activities in several locations and regions–and be required to operate on multiple levels and in various sectors in order to advance certain priorities.

The conference unanimously conveyed its support to ARF Armenia’s policies that seek to strengthen democracy in Armenia–as well as struggle against corruption and bribery–as part of the country’s internal policy.

The gathering of representatives praised opposition to Turkey’s entry to the European Union based on its continuous denial of the Armenian genocide–efforts to gain international recognition of the Armenian genocide–and Mountainous Karabagh Republic–as well as efforts to ensure the minority rights of the people of Javakhk–and guarantee their cultural and socio-economic rights.

Specifically–attendees agreed that the 90th anniversary of the Armenian genocide must serve as an opportunity to stress modern day Turkey’s political responsibilities–while stepping-up Genocide recognition efforts. They stressed that opposition to Turkey’s entry into the EU must be based on the country’s poor human rights record–unwillingness to practice democratic norms–and its continued and vehement denial of its genocidal past.

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