Giro Manoyan Lectures on the Armenian Cause at Haigazian University
"The Armenian genocide is an undisputable issue in the Armenian-Turkish relations. The European Armenian Federation for Justice and Democracy impresses upon the European Union to set the recognition of the Armenian Genocide as a benchmark for Turkey's transformation", claimed Giro Manoyan, the director of the Armenian Cause and Political Affairs Office (ACPAO) of the Armenian Revolutionary Federation, Tashnag Party.
Speaking during a lecture entitled "Recent Developments in the Armenian Cause: from Genocide Recognition to Pursuit of Rights", organized by the Heritage Club at Haigazian University in Beirut, on Thursday the 20th of October, Manoyan first started by identifying the historical, ethical, legal and political facets and foundations of the Armenian Cause, which are enunciated in the following points:
a) The creation of an integral Armenia on the lands of Eastern and Western Armenia; the just resolution of the Artzakh issue is one of the stages of Hai Dat.
b) The return to and gathering upon their ancestral lands of the Armenians of the Diaspora.
c) The creation of a Free, Independent and United Armenia.
Furthermore, Manoyan stated the achievements of the last fifteen years, as regards to the Armenian Cause, which can be summarized in the following points:
a) Armenia has gained its independence.
b) Karabakh (Artsakh) has been liberated.
c) The efforts for the international recognition of the Armenian Genocide have borne results.
On a more strategic and diplomatic level, Manoyan considered that Armenia"s hope in establishing normal relations with Turkey depends on the transformation Turkey would undergo in connection to its membership with the European Union. "Without coming to terms with the dark pages of its own history, with its historical responsibility and obligations, without normalizing its relations with all of its neighbors, Turkey's membership in the EU would threaten the very fabric of the EU and cause instability in the Southern Caucasus", concluded Manoyan.
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