by Ara Khachatourian

Friday, June 29th, 2012

The 48th Armenian Revolutionary Federation Western US Regional
Convention was held from June 21 to 24, 2012 in Montebello, California.

With the participation of delegates from 19 local chapters from across
the Western United States Region, including California, Arizona,
Texas and Nevada, the ARF Shant Students Association and the Armenian
Youth Federation, invited guests and advisers, the Regional Convention
carefully assessed the activities of the ARF in the past two years
and forged plans for the upcoming two years.

The Convention discussed the current state of the Armenian-American
community, assessed its needs and evaluated the potential challenges.

Decisions were made about the priorities for the pursuit of the
Armenian Cause-Hai Tahd-the expanding of resources for effective
outreach to the community in order to expand the capabilities for
achieving the national aspirations of the Armenian people, as well
as prioritizing the youth as the future of the Armenian nation.

Turkey's continued denial of the Armenian Genocide, as well as the
issue of just reparations to the Armenian people were part of the
core agenda of the Convention.

The Convention also expressed its concern with the current realities
facing the Homeland. Special attention was paid to the plight of
Armenia's population, which faces grave socio-economic challenges;
the insurmountable obstacles our people living in Javakhk have to
confront on a daily basis and the heroic people of Artsakh, whose
determination and will serve as a lesson to our entire nation.

The 48th Western US Regional Convention also expressed its determined
support to the men and women of Armenia's and Artsakh's border regions
who, on daily basis, withstand the continued Azeri aggression against
our borders. The Convention also highly commended and voiced its
solidarity with the brave soldiers who unwaveringly defend our border
against enemy aggression and bowed to the memory of the soldiers who
lost their lives in recent weeks in the defense of our homeland.

From: A. Papazian