Catholicosate of Cilicia
Antelias - Lebanon
On the last day, World National General Assembly invited three speakers; Mr. Hagop Pakradouni (Lebanon), Mr. Mihran Kurdoghlian(Greece) and Mr. Daron Der Khatchadourian (USA), to discuss the current situation of Armenians in the Diaspora and the stakes of reorganizing the Diaspora.
Mr. Pakradouni raised the question of ‘what is Armenian Diaspora’ and ‘who is considered Armenian’ under 21st century’s political and economic circumstances. Pakradouni talked about the multilayered and multicultural identities of the Diaspora and mentioned some fields where organized efforts could lead to gather Armenians under one umbrella.
Mr. Kurdoghlian stated that the conventional and traditional methods of organizing the Armenian Diaspora have deemed unsuccessful; hence reorganizing the Armenian Diaspora needs reassessing our strategies. He mentioned that the Armenian Diaspora would not be terminated as long as our energy is directed in utilizing the technology and our manpower in a well-planned manner.
Mr. Der Khatchadourian stressed the importance of Armenia-Diaspora cooperation and its role in empowering the Armenian Diaspora. He shed light on challenges that make reorganizing the Diaspora difficult, such as emigration, constant migrations, disbelieving in the agency of the Armenian diaspora, and also offered some suggestions on these issues.
His Holiness Aram I addressing the Assembly underlined the importance of the working realistically, believing in our efforts and in accepting the dynamics of the Armenian identities. He stated that the Catholicosate held a conference in Bikfaya months ago to discuss the issues of Armenian identities and reach to conclusions that would aid assessing the previous work styles and think about new ways in organizing the Armenian Diaspora.