Shahan Kandaharian: “Mkhitar Hayrapetyan’s proposal will lead to further political engagement of the Diaspora in Armenia”

“I raised the issue of a bicameral parliament or, better yet, the need for legal participation of representatives of the Armenian Diaspora in the political processes in Armenia, during the discussions devoted to the establishment of a Pan-National Council.

I must add that, during the establishment of a Pan-National Council, it is also necessary to take into consideration the experience of the pan-Armenian organizations that have been active throughout the years, including Hayastan All-Armenian Fund, the State Commission on Coordination of the events dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide, as well as the experience gained during the forums and conferences for professional organizations launched by the Ministry of Diaspora,” Editor-in-Chief of Lebanon’s Aztag Armenian Daily Shahan Kandaharian said in an interview with Hayern Aysor, touching upon the idea of Minister of Diaspora of the Republic of Armenia Mkhitar Hayrapetyan to create a bicameral parliament in Armenia.

“I believe now is the time to initiate discussions to specify the format and mechanisms for the legal participation of Diaspora Armenians. The bicameral parliament is a prospective task that can be discussed, and it is important to take into consideration the experience and stipulations of countries with diasporas. I believe the Ministry has comparative studies devoted to the Diaspora that can be explored.

Continuity of statehood implies consideration of the accumulated experience and research, and I think this will be very helpful. I definitely support the proposal, which will lead to further political engagement of the Diaspora,” Shahan Kandaharian stated.

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