“Any initiative aimed at uniting the Diaspora should be encouraged and cherished. We must struggle for every Armenian to resist the danger of assimilation. That is why we must encourage all possible mechanisms of national self-organization and mutual support.
The second forum of the World Armenian Congress kicked off in Yerevan today. The first forum was held in Moscow in 2003.
The Congress has been created upon the initiative of the Union of Armenians of Russia in an attempt to unite all Armenians of the world. 147 out of 156 members of the Congress participated in today’s forum in Yerevan.
President of the World Armenian Congress and the Union of Armenians of Russia Ara Abrahamyan said we do not use the full potential of the Diaspora.
Greeting the participants of the forum, Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan said: “Representatives of many nations of the world live outside their Motherland today. However, in case of Armenians this has not been a result of free choice and a search for a better live abroad. Armenians have found themselves in other countries because of the genocide and loss of their land.”
“The 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide is approaching. The crime committed against our people still needs to be properly assessed. It’s a nationwide issue, which, I’m sure, you’ll refer to in your activity. The Armenian state and the world Armenian civil society have a say on this issue,” the president said, adding that this is not the only question on our agenda.
“We defended Artsakh in a war imposed on us. Now it’s time to consolidate this justice on the diplomatic field, and we are working hand in hand in this direction,” the President said.
“Our brothers and sisters in Syria have found themselves in an extremely hard situation. We stand by our compatriots and do our best to support them,” he added.
The President said our agenda is not restricted to the above-mentioned issues. “We have done much, but we still have more to do,” he concluded.