YEREVAN—From August 24 to 26, the Armenian Revolutionary Federation Bureau held a conference in Yerevan to discuss four key topics: organizational problems, the situation in the Caucuses and its implications on Armenia, the country’s domestic realities, and the relationship between the diaspora and Armenia. ARF delegates and representatives from various Armenian communities in the diaspora, as well as from various regions of Armenia, attended the talks.
The conference reflected on the challenges and problems confronting Armenians and Armenia, and discussed ways in which the ARF could best use its manpower and resources. It underscored that collective work was essential to overcoming the organizational problems of the ARF. In order to keep pace with the times and current events, it is crucial to develop a clear strategy, while making the best use of technological developments, members said.
The conference examined the social, economic, and psychological situation of Armenia, and discussed the negative and worrisome features that threaten the integrity of the present-day republic, especially the rate of emigration from the country, which is increasing on a daily basis and threatens the country’s national security. It was agreed that in order to stop this phenomenon, the state is obliged to adopt socio-economic measures that will benefit the people.
In regards to the situation in the Caucuses, conference attendees asserted the following points: 1) The region is witnessing various transformations, which will lead to global changes. Armenia is affected by these changes, and hence is being confronted by new challenges and problems. 2) Armenia’s foreign policy is presently facing temptations. The country stands between Russia’s and the West’s power-balancing intrigues. 3) To overcome the current challenges, it is essential for the Armenian state to strengthen itself internally, and to unify its manpower and adopt an active foreign policy. 4) The conference made it clear that the ARF does not accept any skirmishes on the Karabakh-Azerbaijan border that would threaten the national security of the people and the state. From this perspective, it is necessary to adopt a new policy as far as the international recognition of Karabakh is concerned. 5) The centennial of the genocide should serve to strengthen the efforts towards the Armenian Cause (Hai Tahd), to formulate the current targets as far as our national demands are concerned, and to widen the content and geography of our efforts towards the Armenian Cause. 6) The Armenian state must seek multilateral economic and political ties to secure guarantees of an independent policy.
The conference also discussed the political developments in the Middle East, and especially the challenges facing the Syrian-Armenian community. Attendees affirmed that Syrian Armenians remain a priority for the ARF in the political, national, and state context. Their harsh economic and material situation compels us to regard the issue as a problem that requires continuous, daily effort. Furthermore, in order to solve the problems of the various endangered Armenian communities worldwide, it is essential to establish mutual relationships and work with international organizations and the governments of the countries in question. Cooperation between Armenia and the diaspora requires continuous effort, which can be achieved by focusing on positive initiatives and clear targets.
The conference confirmed that for the service of the Armenian Nation and Armenia, it is a priority for the ARF to strengthen its organization and presence in Armenia and the diaspora.