PARIS (ARF Press Office)—The Council Meeting of Socialist International adopted a resolution on the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, at the conclusion of a two-day session, which was attended by representatives of the Armenian Revolutionary Federation.
Below is the text of the resolution:
Greatly encouraged by the meetings held by our International this year in Yerevan and Baku, where Armenian and Azerbaijani representatives from our member parties were able to engage in unprecedented dialogue over their differences and visions for the settlement of the Nagorno Karabakh issue, we extend our recognition to our member parties and governments of Armenia and Azerbaijan for hosting the delegates of Socialist International member parties from the other country, and view this as an extremely positive step.
We now see an opportunity and a need to make use of the foundations that have been set, to build dialogue and confidence both within our International and on the wider political stage in those countries.
It is crucial to advance the resolution of the conflict of Nagorno Karabakh among both countries to ensure peace and stability in that region. The SI which has launched its initiative for peace will preserve and continue its efforts to advance on:
A. Formalization of the status of Nagorno Karabakh and a final status for the region that is acceptable to all;
B. Establishment of the rights of displaced persons of both sides;
C. Calling for respect of the 1994 ceasefire agreement and refraining from all types of ceasefire violations, including sniper fire;
D. Calling on the parties of the conflict to display political will to reach an agreement on mutual, commensurate, equal and concurrent concessions to address the main question of the conflict.
The ARF delegation at the SI Council in Paris was comprised of ARF Bureau member, Mario Nabandian, who is the Co-Chair of the SI Committee on the CIS, the Black Sea and the Caucasus; Chairman of the ARF Supreme Council of Armenia, Armen Rustamian, ARF Bureau member Levon Mkrtchyan; ARF Western Europe Central Committee co-chairmen, Mourad Papazian and Richard Ananian (France), Mariette Gharapetian (France); and Kaspar Garabedian (Greece).
Gharapetian also attended the Socialist International Women’s conference, which took place on Nov. 12 and 13.
In September 1996, the ARF rejoined the Socialist International, which it had originally joined in 1907. In 2003, the ARF became a full member of the Socialist International, thus becoming the only party in the CIS with such a status. The ARF-D Women’s Group is a member of the SIW (Socialist International Women). During the XXIII Congress of the Socialist International, in June 2008 in Athens, ARF representative Maria Titizian was elected vice-president of the organization. In November, 2008 at the SI Council in Mexico, Nalbandian was elected Co-Chair of the SI Committee for the CIS, the Black Sea and the Caucasus.
The youth organization of the ARF, the Armenian Youth Federation, is a full member of the IUSY (International Union of Socialist Youth) and an observer member of the ECOSY (European Community Organization of Socialist Youth).