By MassisPost
Updated: March 2, 2015

ALFORTVILLE, FRANCE - The Social Democrat Hunchakian Party's Nazarbek
Youth Movement hosted a forum on Feb. 27 at the Hunchakian Armenian
Youth Center in Alfortville, France, to commemorate the Sumgait
pogrom, which took place on Feb 27 - 29 prior to the Artsakh war of
independence in 1988.

The forum began with a moment of silence, initiated by Nazarbek Youth
Movement member and moderator of the evening, Mr. Sevag Sarikaya. In
his opening remarks, Mr. Sarikaya, expressed that the Sumgait pogrom
awoke the dark memory of the Armenian genocide amongst Armenians
throughout the world.

The program began with the screening of the documentary "Soumgait,
un crime impuni," a documentary on the Sumgait pogrom perpetrated
by the authorities of Azerbaijan against the Armenian minority of
the country, in the context of the fall of the Soviet Union. The
documentary showed the horrors of the pogrom, and the entailing start
of a war for the independence of the Republic of Nagorno-Karabakh.

Following the documentary, the keynote speaker Mr. Hovannes Guevorkian,
Representative of the Republic of Nagorno-Karabagh to France, presented
the day to day social situation in the former Soviet Republic of
Azerbaijan before and after the massacres. Mr. Guevorkian also
read excerpt testimonials from former French Minister of Foreign
and European Affairs Bernard Kouchner's "La Tragedie de Soumgait,"
confirming the fact the massacres were intentional and methodical.

During the question and answer session of the forum, Mr. Guevorkian
addressed the stagnation and slow progress of the peace process which
is in the best interest of the Aliyev authoritarian government and
his family; the dangers of conflict along the border; the number of
victims due to the recent escalation of the conflict by the Azeri
side; and the economic growth in spite of the conflict within the
Nagorno-Karabakh Republic.

At the end of event, SDHP France Executive Committee Chairman Mr.

Kevork Satchlian reminded the audience of the OSCE Minsk Group's
mission and the importance of reinstating the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic
to the negotiating table as a full participant.

From: Baghdasarian