Doctor of Political Science Armen Ayvazyan has delivered a lecture for

09-04-2015 18:41:56 | Armenia | Press release

In the frames of the commemoration events of the 100th anniversary of
the Armenian genocide VivaCell-MTS has organized a series of lectures
for its employees on topics regarding the Armenian genocide, Armenian
identity, the historical path of Armenia and the development
perspectives of the nation.

To cover these topics VivaCell-MTS hosts famous historians, political
scientists and analysts.

Renowned historian, Doctor of Political Science Armen Ayvazyan
delivered a lecture on the causes and implications of the Armenian
genocide for VivaCell-MTS employees. The lecture and the following
discussion covered also topics such as the influence of the genocide
on the psychology of the Armenians as an ethnic group, the current
geopolitical situation in Armenia, the perspectives of the country's
development, and issues regarding the past and the present of the
Armenian political mind.

>From 1992 to 1994 Armen Ayvazyan has worked as Assistant to the
President of Armenia, Adviser to the RA Minister of Foreign Relations,
and Acting Head of the Armenian Delegation to the Organization on
Security and Cooperation in Europe (Vienna). Mr. Ayvazyan has
participated in the negotiations of the OSCE Minsk Group. Since 1994
he has been engaged in various social and research activities. For
about two years he has conducted research on strategic issues at
Syracuse and Stanford universities, US, and at research centers in
Greece. Armen Ayvazyan has lectured at a number of international
conferences, at foreign universities, and community centers of the
Armenian Diaspora. Armen Ayvazyan is the author of a number of books
and scientific articles.

At the meeting the scientist presented his opinion on the major issues
of the national security and touched upon topics such as the current
phase of the Armenian-Turkish relations, the Turkish-Azerbaijani
cooperation, the necessity to properly respond to them and rise
against them with the entire nation and state.

"The Armenian genocide was not only the extermination of the Armenians
as the indigenous ethnos of the Armenian Highland, but also the
devastation of Armenia, a country, which had the demographic,
ideological, political and cultural potential as well as the
opportunity to reestablish an independent statehood. After all, the
annihilation of the Armenian nation was directed against the
probability of rebuilding the Armenian statehood. The genocide was
implemented in several stages from 1893 to 1923 mostly through
annihilation, extermination and forced converting to Islam," Armen
Ayvazyan noted. "In this regard 1915 is a symbolic date. To reduce the
consequences of the genocide we should reveal and fill in the gaps in
the public and strategic consciousness of the people and strive to
raise the national self-consciousness especially among the younger
generation. The role of the state is paramount here as the main tool
for the realization of the national dreams," Armen Ayvazyan added.

"VivaCell-MTS encourages its employees to acquire knowledge on issues
of Pan-Armenian significance through meetings and discussions with the
professionals of respective spheres. We are first of all citizens,
members of society, who are not indifferent to the major issues of the
history and state, who need to listen to different opinions and only
then form an attitude of our own. In this respect, we expect to have
the support of our scientists who will offer answers to issues
regarding our past, present and future. We are glad that every meeting
makes the library of our Company richer in valuable materials,"
VivaCell-MTS General Manager Ralph Yirikian noted.

VivaCell-MTS (K-Telecom CJSC) is Armenia's leading telecommunications
operator, having the widest 2G/3.75G/4G network reach and spreading a
wide range of Voice and Data services all across Armenia. Having the
best of the Armenian people interest at heart since its launch on 1st
July 2005 and in a short period of time VivaCell-MTS has managed to
build a nationwide network and a considerable customer base.
VivaCell-MTS drives innovation and aims at always being at the
forefront of any development serving the Armenian mobile
communications market. The company follows the guidance provided by
ISO 26000 (International Standard of Social Responsibility) and
ISO/IEC 27001:2013 (Information Security Management System). For more
information, visit

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group in Russia and the CIS, offering mobile and fixed voice,
broadband, pay TV as well as content and entertainment services in one
of the world's fastest growing regions. Including its subsidiaries,
the Group services over 100 million mobile subscribers. The Group has
been awarded GSM licenses in Russia, Ukraine, Turkmenistan, Armenia
and Belarus, a region that boasts a total population of more than 200
million. Since June 2000, MTS' Level 3 ADRs have been listed on the
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