RA Minister of Diaspora Hranush Hakobyan on working visit to Germany

On April 1, during the working visit to the Federal Republic of Germany, Minister of Diaspora of the Republic of Armenia Hranush Hakobyan participated in an event dedicated to the 30th anniversary of the movement for the liberation of Artsakh at the St. Sahak-Mesrop Church in Cologne. The event was organized by the Diocese of Germany of the Armenian Apostolic Church, the Central Council of German-Armenians and the Union of Armenian Businessmen of Germany and sponsored by the Embassy of the Republic of Armenia in the Federal Republic of Germany.

The delegation of the National Assembly of the Republic of Artsakh led by Deputy Speaker Vahram Balayan attended the event.

RA Ambassador to Germany Ashot Smbatyan gave his opening remarks, which were followed by a speech by Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly of the Republic of Artsakh Vahram Balayan.

In her welcoming remarks, RA Minister of Diaspora Hranush Hakobyan congratulated the attendees on the glorious Holy Resurrection and stated that the history of the Armenian people is a history of a nation that resurrected and a nation that, having experienced the Golgotha of the Genocide, turned the most tragic period into a period of victories.

Touching upon the movement for the liberation of Artsakh, the Minister of Diaspora emphasized that Armenians managed to unite right from the very first days of the struggle for the liberation of Artsakh and the movement became the call of the Armenian nation to become free and unite and awakened all Armenians in Armenia and abroad. Touching upon present-day Artsakh, Minister Hranush Hakobyan stated that Artsakh is currently a developed state with its democratic system of governance, legitimate and transparent elections and state institutions.

“We must proudly state the fact that 6 States of the United States of America and New South Wales (Australia) have recognized the Republic of Artsakh thanks to the efforts of Diaspora Armenians and Armenian diplomats. Of course, the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict is an issue for the international community and is on the agenda, and the peaceful resolution of the conflict is being regulated in the format of the Minsk Group, but we Armenians know well that we are dealing with an inhumane adversary. In this sense, our compatriots need to continue to present the Nagorno-Karabakh issue to the local and state authorities of their respective countries of residence through the use of the flexible arsenal of the Armenian lobby. For us Armenians, there is no alternative to negotiations for a solution to the Artsakh issue,” the Minister of Diaspora emphasized.

At the end of the event, Minister Hranush Hakobyan granted the awards of the Ministry of Diaspora to President of the Union of Armenian Businessmen of Germany Mourad Akuz, members of the Union’s board and President of the board of the Central Council of German-Armenians Shavarsh Hovasapyan.

A ritual dedicated to Easter was also held during the event.

On April 2, within the scope of the working visit to Germany, Minister of Diaspora Hranush Hakobyan had a meeting with members of the council of the Armenian community of Cologne. The Minister attached importance to the level of organization of the community and the work done by the members of the community’s council. Minister Hranush Hakobyan urged the community to preserve the mother language, Armenian identity and bonds with the homeland as sanctities and show active participation in the “Ari Tun” Program and “Diaspora” Summer School Program, the “My Armenia” Pan-Armenian Festival, the Pan-Armenian Awards “For notable contribution to preservation of the Armenian identity” and the Pan-Armenian Youth Forum to be held on 6-8 July.

Afterwards, the Minister of Diaspora met with members of the Union of Armenian Businessmen of Germany. During the meeting, the sides discussed issues related to the investment climate in Armenia, the opportunities for and perspectives of investments in Armenia and the growth of tourism. Minister Hranush Hakobyan also had a meeting with members of the Central Council of German-Armenians. The main issues were the holding of festivities dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the declaration of the First Republic of Armenia and to the 2,800th anniversary of the foundation of Erebouni-Yerevan in Armenia and within Armenian communities of the Diaspora.

Today, on April 3, Minister of Diaspora Hranush Hakobyan will visit the Diaspora and Genocide Research Center at the University of Bochum where she will meet with Head of the Center Mihran Dabagh.

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