Armenia Diaspora Forum to Be Held in Yerevan in September

YEREVAN (Yerkir/Armenpress)–The Third Armenia-Diaspora Forum will be held September 18-20 in Yerevan–said Armenian Foreign Minster Vartan Oskanian at a news conference in Yerevan.

Oskanian said Thursday that the event will coincide with the 15th anniversary of Armenia’s independence. The conference will examine–analyze–assess Armenia’s past and current geo-political realities–said the minister.

The Foreign Minister also said that challenges created and problems solved in the past 15 years will be discussed. "We have other opportunities now–more potential. Armenia is much stronger now and is able to solve challenges the people and the country face," he emphasized.

Oskanian said that the forum will also host a variety of cultural events. "Cultural events will be held within the forum framework. ?One Nation–One Culture’ festival and Golden Apricot Third Cinema Festival will be held before the forum," Vartan Oskanian remarked.

The forum will open September 18. Armenian President Robert Kocharian and Mountainous Karabagh Republic President Arkday Ghoukassian–Catholicos Karekin II of All Armenia’s and His Holiness Aram I of the See of Cilicia will address the forum. Relations between Armenia and the diaspora and prospects for cooperation will be discussed at the session.

The second day will focus on exclusively agriculture. The aim of this conference is to rally the resources of the Armenian Government–Armenia’s business community–the diaspora–and international organizations to renovate rural infrastructure–facilitate economic development–and create the necessary contemporary conditions rural communities to prosper.

A conference titled "New Solutions to Old Problems for a New Nation-State in the 21st Century" will be held on the third final day of the forum. This conference will discuss Armenian identity in the context of globalization–preservation of language and culture–education–dual citizenship–and repatriation.

Oskanian said that by organizing the Armenia-Diaspora Forum–the Armenian Government hopes to utilize the potential of all Armenia’s to "jointly solve all national problems and create secure conditions for the development and prosperity of the country."

The conference is open to all who wish to attend.

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