ARF Central Committee Gathers Community Leaders

A participant asks the ARF panel a question

A participant asks the ARF panel a question

LITTLE ARMENIA—The Armenian Revolutionary Federation Central Committee of Western US presented a report to organizational leaders Wednesday at Karapetian Hall of St. Garabed Armenian Church and discussed activities it has undertaken following the announcement of protocols on Armenia-Turkey relations.

More than 200 leaders from the Armenian Relief Society, Homenetmen, Hamazkayin, the Armenian Youth Federation, ARF Shant Student Association and the Armenian-American Council of aging were on hand to hear Central Committee member Avedik Izmirlian, Seto Boyadjian and John Kossakian discuss the outreach initiatives of the party’s leadership in the wake of the protocols.

The ARF leaders extensively discussed the protocols on the establishment and development of relations between Armenia and Turkey and outlined the dangers that are contained within the documents. Specifically, the ARF’s position on the protocols was announced and explained.

The Central Committee members also briefed the organizational representatives on the initiatives the ARF has undertaken since the announcement of the protocols on Aug. 31, and the party’s aim to inform, alert and encourage the community’s participation in current and future measures related to the protocols.

An extensive question and answer period ensued, during which some participants expressed their emotional opposition to the protocols and pledged to engage their organizational membership in the fight against the damaging policies in Armenia.

The ARF Central Committee urged those in attendance to spare no effort in reaching out to their membership and to covey concerns and the party’s position to their rank and file, and enlist them to take part in future public activities aimed at expressing the community’s overall anger over the developments in Armenia.

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