ARF Youth Council’s 9th Pan Armenian Meeting in Armenia

YEREVAN (Armenpress)–The 9th Pan-Armenian gathering of ARF’s Youth Council–taking place August 11-20 in Aghavnadzor–will bring together Armenia’s from all over the world to discuss Armenian-Turkish relations and Turkey’s membership in the EU. In an effort to strengthen ties between the youth–the meeting takes place once every two years; this year–it is dedicated to the 90th anniversary of the Armenian genocide. ARF youth council meeting coordinator Mher Galagashian said many of the participants stay in Armenia after the meeting to work on various projects to assist in the development of the country. The meeting’s 110 participants will also visit historical sites on the sidelines of the meeting and become better acquainted with issues their fellow youth face. Prior to the meeting–the 2005 AYF Youth Corps participants arrived in Armenia on July 12 to build a youth center that will serve the city of Vayk and the nearby villages. The participants–who will stay in Armenia and Artsakh for nearly a month–will mark the first time the Youth Corps program works to build a youth center. The meeting–which used to take place in various diaspora countries–has been held in Armenia and Mountainous Karabagh Republic for the past ten years.

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