Diaspora Ministry, Writers’ Union Sign Agreement to Shore up Diasporan Literature

YEREVAN (Armenpress)–A cooperation agreement aimed at bolstering literary ties between Armenia and diaspora to shore up Armenian literary activity abroad was signed on Wednesday between the head of Armenia’s Writers’ Union, Levon Ananian, and the newly appointed diaspora Minister, Hran’sh Hakobian.

“Cooperation between these institutions is very important,” Ananian said, adding that the agreement creates a framework that will allow Armenia’s Diaspora Ministry to sponsor diapora based writers.

According to Ananian, the Writers’ Union has always maintained relations with the diaspora, cooperating with diasporan authors, and literary figures.

Hakobian said she expects the new relationship to shore up book publications and lead to the publishing of pan-Armenian text-books. The agreement also outlined cooperation between the ministry and the Writers’ Union in organizing pan-Armenian events and forums for Armenian writers around the world to participate.

“With the signing of this document we must contribute to the preservation of Armenia and keeping the purity of the native language both in Armenia and Diaspora,” she said. “With your support we must be able to unite the Diaspora and the Homeland and prove to everyone that the Armenian nation of 10 million has a united will and is powerful.”

Hakobian also noted the possibility of establishing a branch within the diaspora ministry for the Armenian Writers’ Union, adding that everything must be done to deepen ties between the Armenian Writers’ Union and the centers of learning in the Diaspora.

The Diaspora Minister will also begin accepting bids for artists to design its logo. The logo, according to the ministry’s press office, should reflect the “unity and joint activity” of the Armenian people.

Participate in the tender may present their designs by November 10, either in electronic form or on a paper. The results of the tender will be determined by a commission and released by November 20, with the winner receiving a monetary award from the “Pyunik” Human Development Fund.

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