YEREVAN (Yerkir)–A reception marking the opening of Armenian Revolutionary Federation (ARF) Western Europe’s 68th regional convention took place at the French Parliament building on June 2–with a guest list that included ARF Bureau representative Hrant Margarian–Armenia’s Ambassador to France Eduard Nalbandian–Mountainous Karabagh Republic’s representative to France Hovhannes Gevorgian–as well French Parliament members and representatives of Armenian organizations.
ARF Western Europe Central Committee representative Murad Papazian explained the ARF decided to hold its regional convention at the French parliament in order to pay tribute to France which recognized the Armenian Genocide in the very building.
"As a result–and through the Armenian National Committee’s active involvement–the ARF has registered several victories in countries that have recognized the Armenian Genocide," explained Papazian. "And the party continues to work in two directions in Europe: to pass a law in France punishing those that deny the Armenian genocide; and prevent Turkey from joining the European Union unless it admits the genocide."
Papazian said the regional convention will review a draft program on Mountainous Karabagh–strengthen Armenia-France cooperation in 2005–and discuss the fate of Javakhk–as well as issues on advancing the Armenian issues in Europe’s cultural and political arenas.
ARF Bureau representative Margarian welcomed the gathering–stressing the importance of the party’s European organization. He also spoke of the ARF’s activities in Armenia that promote a comprehensive fight against corruption–the implementation of a drastic poverty reduction program–and Constitutional reforms to strengthen democratic mechanisms.
Representatives of various political parties expressed support for many issues the ARF advances–while Ambassador Nalbandian said it is difficult to imagine the Diaspora without the ARF–whose history is amalgamated with that of the Armenian nation.