Tigran Torossian: Only Stable State Can Ensure Issue Of Nation’s Ide

TIGRAN TOROSIAN: ONLY STABLE STATE CAN ENSURE ISSUE OF NATION’S INDENTITY

Noyan Tapan News Agency, Armenia
Sept 19 2006

YEREVAN, SEPTEMBER 19, NOYAN TAPAN – ARMENIANS TODAY. New theoretical
approaches on preservation of nations’ identity and their application
for peoples having a diaspora, in particular, for Armenia, were raised
at the forum on the subject "Nation, State and Identity in the 21st
Century" held on the second working day of Armenia-Diaspora third
conference, on September 19.

RA National Assembly Speaker Tigran Torosian greeting the conference
guests said that it is the third time issues of vital importance
relating to Armenia and Diaspora are discussed. In the words of the
NA Speaker, the difficulties existing at the initial meetings have
been already mitigated.

In his words, the subject of identity is pivotal in Armenia-Diaspora
relations not from the viewpoint "who we are, where we come from
and where we go," but in the aspect that it has not been completely
clarified yet "in what place we are today, as only in this circumstance
we can clarify, what is our place in the world and in the region,
what are our arguments in politics and in other spheres."

The NA Speaker is also convinced that only a stable state is able
to solve the issue of ensuring the nation’s identity, at that, in
practice this is impossible without modernization, as for a long time
our stereotypes often impeded and failed preservation of our identity.

"If the state is the guarantor of identity preconditions, in our
case, when the state of Armenia is at the stage of transformation or
establishment, the issue becomes more complicated. On the one hand,
the state is obliged to make its geopolitical choice and, on the
other hand, to confront the internal dangers, to support Diaspora,"
Tigran Torosian emphasized.

In his words, after the collapse of the Soviet system Diaspora
supported the homeland with its knowledge and experience. "Diaspora’s
experience and knowledge support the country’s establishment more
than the financial means," T.Torosian is convinced.

By the way, Tigran Torosian considered as a serious omission the fact
that representatives of Artsakh were not involved in the discussion.

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