The French capital of Paris will host an unprecedented international conference on February 1 and 2–titled Pro Armenia. The aim of the conference is to consistently keep Armenian issues in the spotlight of various international political circles. The conference will take place in the French Senate Hall.
Representatives of more than twenty countries–including Russia–the United States–Argentina and Lebanon–who are actively involved in Armenian issues–are expected to participate. Foreign political and intellectual activists–as well as ministers and ambassadors will be present–as will parliamentarians and politicians from Armenia and other Diaspora communities. A total of eighty participants are expected.
The conference is organized by the ANC European body of the Armenian Revolutionary Federation–European Armenian Federation for Justice and Democracy–which cooperates with ANC entities worldwide.
The foreign minister of Armenia Vartan Oskanian will participate both in the conference and–along with the conference organizers–will be present at a press conference scheduled for January 31 at the Hotel Le Faubourg.
Armenian political thought has consistently recognized the necessity of presenting factual premises to the international community in order to gain support. Therefore–it is not by chance that the name of the conference is Pro-Armenia.
In order to develop external relations in Europe at the turn of the 20th Century–the ARF published in France–the periodical journal Pro-Armenia. It served as the international French-language source of information about–and voice for–the cause of the Armenian people.
Its editors and contributors were from the political and literary-cultural elite of France–including Pierre Quillard (editor)–Jean Jaures–Anatole France–Francis de Pressense–Georges Clemenceau–Victor Berard–E. de Roberty–Destournelles de Constant–Urbain Gohier–Denys Gochin–Jacquelard–and others. From England–the main contributor was James Bryce–from Italy–Enrico Ferri and Chibriani–and so on.
The February conference will hold three sessions. Conference topics will include Armenia and Armenia’s in The 21st Century–Armenia’s Integration into the Caucasus Economy-Challenging Globalization–and Hai Tahd–The Genocide and The 21st Century.
The upcoming collective gathering in Paris is more important now than ever: Turkey–with its denial of the Armenian Genocide and Continued Blockade of Armenia–has spared no effort in its attempt to enter the European Union. The caliber of the conference attendees nevertheless proves Armenia’s have the collective power and force to counter all anti-Armenian activities and interests.
The Paris conference will contribute to clarifying the stance of Armenia’s–and will convey–to the international political community–the work of Armenia’s worldwide–the protection of rights in seeking a just solution.
The Pro-Armenia conference will review past experiences and come up with methods to realize projected goals. The conference will not be local and community-oriented; rather–with the participation of political-public activists from various countries–will discuss fundamental pan-Armenian issues and suggest new strategies.