Bureau Plenary Session Addresses Karabakh, Turkey

YEREVAN (ARF Press Office)–The Armenian Revolutionary Federation Bureau held its plenary session in Beirut from November 29 to December 1.

The agenda included the approval of plans based on proposal-decisions of previous plenary sessions, the evaluation of completed activities, forthcoming organizational and public relations tasks, as well as a discussion of internal and external challenges facing Armenia.

The plenary session discussed the situation in the South Caucasus, the tasks to be undertaken by the party, its affiliate organizations and the Armenian National Committee offices in strengthening Armenia’s statehood, and the immediate steps to be taken regarding the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, the recent developmen’s in Armenian-Turkish relations, and the international recognition of the Armenian Genocide.

It was reiterated that the final resolution of the Karabakh conflict is possible only through peaceful negotiation process, with the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic recognized as a party to the negotiations.

Considering that following the Moscow Declaration Azerbaijan has not backed down from its military rhetoric, it is extremely important to continue keeping the issue on the pan-national agenda, as an issue related to the survival and security of Armenia and the Armenian people.

The Bureau said the basis of the negotiations should be the fact of self-determination by the people of Karabakh, expressed on two occasions, through the 1991 independence and the 2006 Nagorno-Karabakh Republic constitutional referendums. The mutual concession can only be equal, proportionate, and concurrent and part of a comprehensive settlement package.

Reaffirming that as neighboring states Armenia and Turkey should continue their efforts toward normalizing relations, it was stressed that thus far Turkey has not taken any positive steps. On the contrary, there are attempts to use the ongoing meetings as hindrance to the genocide recognition process, and make the relationship of the two states conditional to Armenia’s relations with a third state, namely Azerbaijan.

In this context, it was appreciated that the highest authorities of our country are in complete accord that the recognition and condemnation of the Armenian Genocide in general, and by Turkey in particular, is one of the strategic directions of Armenia’s foreign policy. On the other hand, it was stressed, that the present importance of resolving Armenia-Turkey relations should not be valued more than the rights of generations to come.

Decisions were adopted regarding the aforementioned issues, always based on the party’s fundamental policy, that the foremost issue for the ARF is ensuring the independence, security and utmost self-reliance of the Republic of Armenia.

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