ARF Supreme Body representative and member of Armenian Parliament Armen Rustamian–met yesterday with students from the Oriental Studies Department of Yerevan State University. The meeting was organized by the youth organization of ARF Armenia in order to discuss fundamental issues tied to the pursuit of the Armenian Case (Hai Tahd) as an essential and significant element in the conceptual approach to guarantee Armenia’s security.
"The international recognition and Turkey’s acceptance of the Armenian Genocide assumes consistency and a just victory for our people–because the pursuit of Hai Tahd does not only concern justice served to the Armenian people–but to all of humanity; it’s an issue of establishing justice" stated Rustamian. While presenting outstanding obstacles Rustamian added that Armenia’s must not only demand that Turkey accept responsibility for the Armenian Genocide but also demand retribution. He explained that the issue is presented as the "Armenian Case," because it is in fact a legal issue for the courts–with a plaintiff and defendant–and emphatically stressed that the ARF will always pursue this case until a final victory.
"Our country unfortunately adopted this policy only after 1998; prior to that–the Armenian National Movement (ANM) avoided the issue of Genocide recognition–fearing–it argued–consequences," explained Rustamian. "It was like a court hearing without the presence of the plaintiffs," said the ARF Supreme Body representative.
As a country and statehood–we must present our issues and concerns to the world. When we maintain a solid position on the issue–the international community will listen–while failing to do so will damage the security of our country.
Rustamian defined Hai Tahd and Nagorno-Karabagh as two compelling issues that unify all Armenia’s. He added that all political forces in the country–despite ideological differences–agree on that.
The meeting ended with a question-answer session. When asked about the Treaty of Sevres–Rustamian identified the treaty as a fundamental tool in pursuing Genocide recognition.