YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–An international conference titled "Journalists against Terrorism & Violence" began in Yerevan on October 25. The Yerevan Press Club Chairman Boris Navasardian delivered the opening statement.
Malakhi O’Dogerti–a journalist from Northern Ireland–said in his report on "Politics–Journalism & Arms in Northern Ireland" that terrorists often come into contact with journalists–and in this case the task of the journalists is to reveal the motives prodding a man into taking such criminal actions.
Armenian President Robert Kocharian also sent a message to the participants of the international conference. The message reads as follows:
"One of the most acute problems that the international community has been facing in the 20th century is terrorism. Thousands of innocent people – children–reporters–famous men of art–political men–become the victims of this evil deed. Armenia has also experienced the destructive force and tragic consequences of violence and terrorism. Cruelty against people can’t be acquitted. It can’t be explained by the ideological or even religious motives. Every country and nation in the world–as well as each person must condemn terrorism and violence".
The conference participants will visit St. Echmiadzin as well as the graves of Vazgen Sargsian–Karen Demirchian and Henrik Abrahamian.
The conference is being attended by journalists from Northern Ireland–Russia–Tajikistan–Georgia and Kyrghyzstan and will last for another three days