“It is Time to Pass on the Compensation Issue from the Genocide Recognition.”
21.04.2017
11:00
The Armenian Genocide is not a national but a human problem. During the past half century, considerable work has been carried out in order to make it an agenda issue in the international relations.

Arman Navasardyan, the former Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, stated it. 

Due to him, the priority of the Armenia diplomacy should be to demonstrate that the Armenophobic policy has been ongoing since 1915 and it manifests in the Karabakh developments. “We need to understand that today's diplomacy is significantly different from the diplomacy of 1965 or 1990. Today's developments change the methods and it is necessary to move forward with new approaches. If we include only an official diplomacy in the list, if we ignore the public diplomacy, we will not achieve anything. These two should be combined, each of us should be the soldier of that issue,” he said.  

A discussion entitled “The international Procedure of Genocide Recognition: Obstacles and Perspectives” was held at Media Center on April 21, with the participation of Arman Navasardyan, Ara Papyan, Chairman of “Modus Vivendi” Centre and  Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, Arpi Vardanyan, Regional Office Director of the Armenian Assembly of America.      

Ara Papyan highlighted the importance of raising the issue of claims besides the international recognition of genocide. “I consider the activities towards raising the issue of claims important. Compensation issue is spoken about but the “highway” of the process does not seem to appear,” he said adding that the compensation is considered on 3 levels – individual, national-community and state that is the land issue.   

On the first level, some work was carried out and is still carried out. “But I think that on the national level it does not change anything. For me the important thing is to restore the territorial integrity of Armenia,” he said clarifying that the point is not the return of lands but the restoration of Armenia’s sovereignty over the historical lands. “     

“It can be providing Armenia with duty-free access to the sea through these areas, conducting an economic activity without taxes, or paying taxes in Armenia, etc.” Papyan said. 

Arpi Vardanyan thinks that the recognition of the Armenian Genocide will prevent other genocides. “If the Armenian Genocide was prevented 102 years ago, how many lives would it be possible to save since that time?” she said. At the same time, speaking about the US lobbying organizations, on behalf of themselves and the cooperation between the Armenian diplomatic corps, she noted that relations are on a good level. 

According to her, rather efficient work is carried out with the RA Embassy in the USA. “US officials are very well aware of the Armenian Genocide, and we demand that it is recognized in the right way and it is called Armenian Genocide,” she said, adding that 45 of the 50 American states have recognized the Armenian Genocide. “This crime is also recognized by the Pope. It has become an issue of human rights,” she said, adding that the world changes and it is necessary to find new ways to bring this issue to all the peoples of the world.

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Arshaluys Mghdesyan, editor/events coordinator at “Media Center”

To contact the author please send an email to arshaluismghdesyan@pjc.am.

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