Raffi K. Hovannisian, Heritage Party leader and Armenia's first
minister of foreign affairs, is currently in the Cambodian capital to
take part in and address the 6th General Assembly of the International
Conference of Asian Political Parties (ICAPP) on the 10th anniversary
of its founding.

Bringing together the delegates of 89 political parties from 36
countries, ICAPP's continental convention is dedicated this year to
"Asia's Quest for a Better Tomorrow."

Raffi Hovannisian's plenary presentation today outlined the global
security, environmental, socioeconomic and human challenges of the
third millennium, and against the backdrop of state sovereignties
and national interests underscored the imperative of respecting and
safeguarding the fundamental dignity, rights, and empowerment of each
and every individual in national societies and international affairs.

In this connection and as the grandson of survivors of the Great
Genocide and National Dispossession of the Armenian people,
Hovannisian paid tribute to its victims as well as those of the
Holocaust, the Cambodian genocide and all other crimes against
humanity. Reconciliation, he concluded, must in all cases be anchored
in truth, justice and a liberating redemption.

Raffi Hovannisian had earlier joined the other delegates in visiting
the Phnom Penh High School which in 1975 the dictator Pol Pot and
his Khmer Rouge regime had turned into the S-21 concentration camp,
a holding and torture compound that served as the launching ground
for the murder of nearly two million of his own people in the killing
fields of Cambodia. It was not until this past summer that the first
senior officer of the Khmer Rouge was actually tried and convicted
on the charge of perpetration of genocide.

In the margins of the conference, Hovannisian met with Cambodian
Prime Minister Samdech Hun Sen; Malaysian Prime Minister Dato Sri
Mohamad Najib bin Tun Haji Abdul Razak; Nepalese Prime Minister Madhav
Kumar Nepal; former President Fidel Ramos of the Philippines; former
President Megawati Sukarnoputri of Indonesia; Chinese Communist
Party Politbureau member Li Yuanchao; Speaker of the Philippines
Parliament Feliciano Belmonte; ICAPP Founder and former Speaker of
the Philippines Parliament Jose de Venecia; as well as officials and
non-governmental representatives from Asia and across the world.

From: A. Papazian