Minister of Diaspora Hranush Hakobyan participated in Second Forum of Armenians of Poland

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On May 8, the large auditorium of the National Library of Agriculture in Warsaw hosted the Second Forum of Armenians of Poland (the first forum was held on 8 May 2016). Among the participants was RA Minister of Diaspora Hranush Hakobyan, who is on a working visit to Poland. The forum was organized by the RA Ministry of Diaspora and the RA Embassy in Poland. The partnering organizations were the Polish-Armenian Cultural Heritage Foundation, the Armenian Cultural Association of Krakow, the Polish-Armenian Foundation, the Armenian Foundation of Poland, the Union of Armenians of Poland in Vrotslav, the Center for the Development of Armenian-Polish Relations, the Armenian National Committee of Poland, the Armenian-Polish Public Committee, the Yuzef Teodorovich Armenian Community in Glivitse, the Polish-Armenian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the Armenian-Polish Cooperation Organization, the Little Squirrels of Julia Charitable Foundation and community organizations of several cities across Poland.

As reported the RA Embassy in Poland to Hayern Aysor, the forum began with the national anthems of the Republic of Poland and the Republic of Armenia, followed by the reading of the message of President (Marshalek) of the Seym of Poland Marek Kukhchinsky. Member of the Polish Senate Jan Maria Jakovsky, who was attending the forum, conveyed the greetings of President (Marshalek) of the Polish Senate Stanislav Karchevsky to the participants of the forum.

The official opening ceremony of the forum featured speeches by RA Minister of Diaspora Hranush Hakobyan, RA Ambassador to Poland Edgar Ghazaryan and representative of the Armenian minority within the Joint Commission on National and Ethnic Minorities of the Government of the Republic of Armenia Edvard Mier-Yendzheyovich.

The speeches were followed by panel discussions. Representative of the Armenian minority within the Joint Commission on National and Ethnic Minorities of the Government of the Republic of Armenia Edvard Mier-Yendzheyovich moderated the panel session devoted to the organization of the Armenian community of Poland and community life, and the speakers were President of the Polish-Armenian Cultural Heritage Foundation Jan Abgarovich, pastor of the Armenian Catholic Church in Warsaw and Central Poland Yuzef Naumovich, representative of the Yuzef Teodorovich Armenian Community of Glivitse Bogdan Kasprovich and President of the Polish-Armenian Foundation Arsen Hovsepyan.

The final panel session was devoted to the preservation of the Armenian identity and was moderated by RA Ambassador to Poland Edgar Ghazaryan. The keynote speakers were RA Minister of Diaspora Hranush Hakobyan, pastor of the Polish-Armenians of the Armenian Holy Apostolic Church, Archimandrite Tatchat Tsaturyan and Principal of the Armenian School in Krakow Gohar Khachatryan.

In her speech, Minister Hranush Hakobyan provided details on Armenia’s policy on the activities with the Armenian Diaspora, presented the structure of the Armenian Diaspora and touched upon the Armenian community in Poland. The Minister presented the problems of pan-Armenian significance, the programs and projects being carried out by the RA Ministry of Diaspora and upcoming initiatives and attached importance to the active participation of the Armenian community and community organizations of Poland.

During the breaks and the reception, Minister Hranush Hakobyan had several meetings with the active members of the Armenian community of Poland and representatives of Armenian organizations, was introduced to their activities and answered their questions of concern.

The vestibule of the National Library of Agriculture hosted Poland-based Armenian painter Grigor Aslanyan’s exhibition.

The forum also featured the presentation of the book of poems “Searching” by Spanish-Armenian figure Ararat Ghukasyan in Poland. Among the attendees of the presentation were RA Minister of Diaspora Hranush Hakobyan and RA Ambassador to Poland Edgar Ghazaryan.