Armenian American Leaders Confront Prime Minister on Protocols at ArmTech ’09

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SAN JOSE, CA (Armenian Weekly)–Representatives from five prominent Bay Area Armenian-American organizations met on November 6 with Armenian Prime Minister Tigran Sargsyan, who was in Silicon Valley from November 5-8 attending the government sponsored ArmTech Congress ’09.

The leadership of the Bay Area Armenian National Committee, the Armenian Revolutionary Federation, Hamazkayin Armenian Cultural and Educational Society, HMEM Armenian Athletic organization, KZV Armenian School, and St. Gregory Armenian church met the Prime Minister, Consul General and Armenian Ambassador to the U.S. to express the grave concern and disappointment of the majority of community members regarding the “Protocols” recently signed by the foreign ministers of Armenia and Turkey, for the establishment of diplomatic relations.

The Bay Area delegation strongly urged the Armenian government representatives to do everything in their power to prevent ratification of the Protocols. They explained that although they are in favor of normalizing relations between Armenia and Turkey, the conditions written into the Protocols (including the formation of an “historical commission” and points relating to existing boundaries), seriously undermine Armenia’s legal rights and the viability of the Armenian state in the future, and that they cannot lead to true reconciliation, nor a stable relationship between the two states.

The Prime Minister spoke at length, defending the President’s signing of the Protocols, saying that they were good for Armenia; that Turkey would recognize the Armenian Genocide of its own volition; that Turkey’s process of reforms to enter the European Union will be a positive development for Armenia.

Sargsyan described the normalization process as a “new reality” in regards to Turkish-Armenian relations. The Bay Area representatives expressed their appreciation for the opportunity to discuss their concerns, reiterating their opposition to the current government’s harmful course.

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  1. Seervart said:

    I fully appreciate and agree the ARF’s, Hamazkain’s and HMEM Homenetmen’s point of view to talk about and urge Armenia’s government to prevent ratification of the protocols. I sure hope that they would finally see the light and not ratify the protocols and the pre-conditions that are pro Turkey and undermine our legal rights to our historical Western Armenian territories.

  2. Arman said:

    “Turkey would recognize the Armenian genocide of its own volition”???????….I can never imagine a more absurd notion, but that an Armenian government member would be so utterly naive as to say, let alone believe this, is perhaps the best indicator of the situation in the Armenian government. He said the protocols are good for Armenia. Yet that very assumption, disregarding the enormous concessions Armenia makes from the start, is no more than questionable. How can these protocols be good for Armenia?

  3. Jacque armoudikian said:

    I think it’s time for the Diaspora to form its own goverment  as refugee government and present all our dmends directley in the UN, like the palestenians did for years throughArafat. Only the diaspora has the wright to negotiate issues concerning it. Obliviously the government of Armenia has sold us out. Its time to separate the diaspora from Armenia, as harsh as  it sounds unfortunately it’s today’s reality, since our priorities and goals are totally different, We can’t count on the corrupt Armenian governments to do us justice.

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