International Organizing Committee for the Preparation of the Western Armenian National Congress

Introduction

Far from their historic homeland, the descendants of Armenians of the Ottoman Empire (Western Armenians) represent the largest and an essential part of world Armenians, and, as such, are the legitimate claimants of their historic and legal rights. They are also the main resource for the secure and efficient functioning of the present Republic of Armenia. Western Armenians, however, do not have an organizational capacity nor coordination mechanisms, despite the existence of a multitude of associations, organizations and political parties.

In the past, two attempts were made to organize Western Armenians by convening the First and Second Congresses in 1917 and 1919 in Yerevan. The last Armenian National Congress met in 1919/1920 in Paris in support of the negotiations leading to the Paris Peace Conference.

Goals of the IOC

The International Organizing Committee (IOC) for the Preparation of the Western Armenian Congress was created as an NGO in 2006 and consists of a group of voluntary members, including historians, lawyers, intellectuals and business men committed to the idea and the necessity of preparing and convening a Congress of representatives of Western Armenians. The latter being the legitimate claimant of its own historic and legal rights.

The Congress will establish representative bodies of Western Armenians including the Western Armenian National Assembly and the National Council as well as other committees. The representative bodies should address all the issues related to their all rights, including the unlawful expropriation of private properties of citizens as well as of public institutions and buildings (churches, schools, clubs, etc.), unlawful deportation of citizens from their original place of birth or residence. Deepening the ties and the cooperation between different segments of Armenians as well as the distribution of responsibilities and roles between the Western Armenians and the Republic of Armenia would be essential.

Present status

The IOC is registered as an association under French law and has branches in Yerevan, Geneva and Moscow. It consists of founding members from Europe, North America, the Middle East, Russia and Armenia, and will be extended to include members from Latin America, Australia, etc. The present list may be extended to include new members who support the activities of the IOC.

Thus far the IOC has held seven meetings in France, Switzerland, Cyprus and in Armenia, and has addressed historic, legal, organizational and financial issues, and has published a number of documents.

Paris , July 2008

Far from their historic homeland, the descendants of Armenians of the Ottoman Empire (Western Armenians) represent the largest and an essential part of world Armenians, and, as such, are the legitimate claimants of their historic and legal rights. They are also the main resource for the secure and efficient functioning of the present Republic of Armenia. Western Armenians, however, do not have an organizational capacity nor coordination mechanisms, despite the existence of a multitude of associations, organizations and political parties.

In the past, two attempts were made to organize Western Armenians by convening the First and Second Congresses in 1917 and 1919 in Yerevan. The last Armenian National Congress met in 1919/1920 in Paris in support of the negotiations leading to the Paris Peace Conference.

Goals of the IOC

The International Organizing Committee (IOC) for the Preparation of the Western Armenian Congress was created as an NGO in 2006 and consists of a group of voluntary members, including historians, lawyers, intellectuals and business men committed to the idea and the necessity of preparing and convening a Congress of representatives of Western Armenians. The latter being the legitimate claimant of its own historic and legal rights.

The Congress will establish representative bodies of Western Armenians including the Western Armenian National Assembly and the National Council as well as other committees. The representative bodies should address all the issues related to their all rights, including the unlawful expropriation of private properties of citizens as well as of public institutions and buildings (churches, schools, clubs, etc.), unlawful deportation of citizens from their original place of birth or residence. Deepening the ties and the cooperation between different segments of Armenians as well as the distribution of responsibilities and roles between the Western Armenians and the Republic of Armenia would be essential.

Present status

The IOC is registered as an association under French law and has branches in Yerevan, Geneva and Moscow. It consists of founding members from Europe, North America, the Middle East, Russia and Armenia, and will be extended to include members from Latin America, Australia, etc. The present list may be extended to include new members who support the activities of the IOC.

Thus far the IOC has held seven meetings in France, Switzerland, Cyprus and in Armenia, and has addressed historic, legal, organizational and financial issues, and has published a number of documents.

Paris , July 2008

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