Catholicosate of Cilicia
Antelias - Lebanon
26 September 2015. In a message addressed to the Presidents of the Republics of Armenia and Karabagh, His Holiness Catholicos Karekin II, the Catholic and Protestant leaders, His Holiness Aram I transmitted his pontifical blessings, expressed his brotherly love and apologized for his absence. He reminded the Committee that his visit to Switzerland with the current date was already included in the centennial programme, prepared a year ago, In Switzerland he was to address the people and thank them for their solidarity and assistance to the Armenians during the early massacres, the genocide in Western Armenia and Cilicia, the deportation, until their settlement in the Arab countries and until this day.
The Catholicos then invited the members of the Committee to assess their work comprehensively and realistically and shared his views for the future. He wrote:
In his view, the post 2015 period should focus on legal processes regarding the Armenian Cause. Experts should identify different legal option and approaches, and study differnet possibilities and their consequences within the framework of International Law, Conventions, Treaties and other instruments.
The Catholicos then proposed that the work proceeded in four stages:
His Holiness concludes that the proposed plan should be implemented and overseen by a small committee appointed by the President of Armenia, which would work with the team of international experts and lawyers. The work should start immediately; otherwise all expectations and hopes nurtured by 100 anniversary commemorations for the pursuit of justice, the demand for reparations will fade away. The Pan Armenian Committee represents the collective responsibility towards the martyr Saints and their legacy.
It would be impossible to speak of post 2015, without addressing the Armenian community in Syria. First, the President of the Republic of Armenia and its leadership, all institutions and individual benefactors who continue to help the Syrian Armenians should be thanked. Second, irrespective of local condition, the security of the people should be ensured because the once dynamic community in Syria is dwindling. The newly appointed Pan Armenian Committee should foresee and start making plans to assist the Church and the community. The presence of this Armenian community in the Arab world is essential.
At the end of his proposed plan of action, His Holiness urged the Pan Armenian Committee to make a statement on Syria, which would not only give hope to Syrian Armenians, but also carry with it a strong message suggesting that Syrian Armenians are not alone. They have the solidarity of their brothers and sisters in Armenia and Diaspora.
His Holiness concluded his message with the expression of love and support of the Catholicosate of Cilicia to the Republics of Armenia and Karabagh.