YEREVAN (Armenpress)–As we reported yesterday some 130 delegates from around 20 countries representing branches of the Armenian National Committee (ANC) are in Yerevan participating in an ANC World Summit that convened on May 6.
Speaking at the summit–President Kocharian’s chief of staff Artashes Tumanian–pointed out that President Kocharian has made the international recognition of the Armenian genocide one of the country’s foreign policy priorities. "This is the greatest example of how the efforts and potential of Armenia and the Diaspora can be consolidated," he said citing the recognition of the Genocide by parliamen’s of certain countries. "Armenian executive and legislative authorities are determined to continue these efforts."
Armenia’s Foreign Minister Vartan Oskanian praised the Armenian National Committee at the summit–describing the ANC as "an organization that has brought to the forefront–the national interests of Armenia’s–to defend them devotedly. It was the National Committee of America that kept alive the Armenian Case for decades and today–Armenia–as an independent state–has inherited what has been preserved by the ANC–in order to continue those efforts," he said.
Oskanian stressed that the essence of the ANC’s activity has changed with the emergence of independent Armenian. "If before independence–the ANC was involved in protecting the rights and national identity of Diaspora Armenia’s–now its main objective is to strengthen Armenia economically and politically along with the pursuance of the Armenian case."