Anna Nazaryan

30.03.2012 18:25

The 4th Hay Dat forum, featuring representatives of 25 Armenian
National Committees from 18 countries, kicked off in Yerevan today.

The three-day forum aims to work out the action plan for the coming
two years, taking into consideration the strategy of the ARF Hay Dat.

Member of the ARF Bureau, head of the ARF faction of the National
Assembly Vahn Hovhannisyan said the most important issue for the
party is the Armenian Cause, all others are side questions.

According to Hovhannisyan, parliamentary diplomacy has become more
active over the past ten years. He noted that despite short history
of parliamentary diplomacy, Armenian delegations are represented
in Parliamentary Assemblies of the Council of Europe, OSCE, NATO,
Euronest, CIS, etc.

The issues Armenian parliamentary diplomacy faces include the economic
situation in Armenia, recognition of the Armenian Genocide and the
Nagorno Karabakh Republic. Vahan Hovhannisyan says the three must
not be separated and it's necessary to find a formula to present the
three issues in a single package.

He advised the representatives of Hay Dat Offices to continue their
activity in the key aspect of foreign policy irrespective of the fact
to what extent the foreign policy of Armenia is dear to the Armenian
Revolutionary Federation. "Hay Dat Offices must work so as if the
foreign policy has been developed by them," Hovhannisyan added.

Vahan Hovhannisyan further advised to pay greater attention to
resolutions adopted by different structures. "Although they may
seem harmless at first sight, they may pursue long-term objectives,"
he added.

Representative of the Armenian National Committee of Jerusalem Hakob
Sevan noted that the Armenian-Turkish protocols were a great blow to
their efforts of putting the genocide issue on the Knesset agenda.

However, they continue working and hope to succeed.