YEREVAN (Yerkir)–A conference of ARF-affiliated youth and student organizations operating in the CIS countries kicked off Friday at the Ani Plaza Hotel in Yerevan. Organized by the ARF Bureau’s Youth Office, the three-day conference will be held at Tsakhkadzor and is being attended by representatives from Armenia, Nagorno-Karabakh, Georgia and Russia.
After the collapse of the Soviet Union a completely new Armenian Diaspora emerged and we in Armenia in general but the ARF in particular have a responsibility to organize them," said Armenian Presidential Candidate and ARF Bureau Member Vahan Hovannesian said in his welcoming speech. "On this occasion, we welcome the blossoming of these new components in the CIS. The campaign to organize this new diaspora must continue, because, as experience has taught us, organized Armenia’s are a great force."
Millions of Turks reside in Western Europe Hovannesian noted. But they can’t counter the efforts of Armenia’s when it comes to the Armenian Cause. A couple hundred thousand organized Armenia’s work so hard that millions of Turks, both in Europe and Turkey, find themselves on the defensive, he said.
"It is obvious that the ARF has its own experience and capabilities in terms of being organized," the Presidential Candidate said. "You can do a lot of work toward realizing the ARF’s ideals for a free, united and independent Armenia."