WORLD COUNCIL OF RAMKAVAR AZATAKAN PARTY WILL CONTRIBUTE TO STABILITY OF RELATIONS BETWEEN DIASPORA COLONIES AND ARMENIA
By Hasmik Harutyunyan
Armenakan Ramkavar Azatakan Party recently held a General Congress,
and as a result of analyses and discussions the Congress decided to
establish a World Council of Ramkavar Azaatakan Party (central office
to be located in Yerevan).
55 delegates, who arrived from different colonies, unanimously decided
to create the Council, the only one in the Armenian political reality,
though application of organization’s similar model is common on the
The aim of the Council is to regulate the RAP members and branches
activities all over the world, coordinate the works between the
colonies, in order they can take part in the projects and programs
of the party. The Council has an executive body consisting of six
members from Diaspora, and five – from Armenia.
Touching upon the problems and split within the party, RAP honored
member Arshavir Gyonjian spoke of RAP various succeeded programs
during the last 50 years.
Newly elected Chairman of Armenakan-Ramkavar Party, Editor-in-chief
of "Azg" daily Hagop Avedikian spoke of the problems and split in
RAP. According to him, the party faced problems after the elections
of 2003, when the party conducted a successful campaign but couldn’t
win the elections. "In an atmosphere of disappointment following
that defeat, several swindlers took the party in their hands and
a full-scale degradation began in all marzes, with the swindlers
neutralizing each other, until one swindler – the most ignorant
and impolite one – remained who continues discrediting the party,
" H. Avedikian noted.
Touching upon the Armenian-Turkish relations and the heavy wave of
protest in Diaspora Arshavir Gyonjian said, "The party’s position on
Armenian-Turkish protocols is clear. Armenia cannot have stagnated
relations with Turkey. We shouldn’t be afraid of starti d that
stagnation. But at the same time we should be vigilant and alert".
"There are two points that we are concerned about. First, we must say
clearly that the Genocide question is indisputable and irrefutable. In
this sense, the steps should be taken in a way, in order not to hinder
the big movement in Armenia and Diaspora"
What about the protest actions organized by the ARF in Diaspora,
Gyonjian called it ‘demagogy’.