WASHINGTON–Representatives of political parties, associations, and religious denominations visited the Armenian Embassy in Washington on Thursday and met with Ambassador Tatoul Markarian to express their concerns on the Turkey-Armenia protocols.
The delegation was comprised of representatives from the Eastern and Western Prelacies of the Armenian Apostolic Church of America, the Eparchy of the United States and Canada of the Armenian Catholic Church, the Armenian Missionary Association of America, the Armenian Revolutionary Federation (ARF), the Hamazkayin Cultural and Educational Association, the Armenian Relief Society (ARS), the Armenian Youth Federation (AYF), and Homenetmen.
The delegation handed Ambassador Markarian a letter highlighting the fact that the protocols have created serious concern and frustration among the Armenian community in the U.S., as in all other diasporan communities. The letter rejected the idea of negotiating over historical matters and stressed that the recognition of the Armenian Genocide is a precondition to any negotiation. It also noted that recognizing borders and territorial integrity means renouncing our struggle for justice.