BURBANK, CA – On Monday, May 16, the Central Committee of the Armenian Revolutionary Federation Western United States of America met with Hratch Varjabedian, chairman of the ARF Western Europe Central Committee, at the Beshir Mardirossian Youth Center in Burbank. The ARF Western Europe region includes France, Belgium and the Netherlands.
The issues and challenges facing Armenian Diaspora communities were discussed during the meeting. Participants remarked on how similar the concerns in all Armenian Diaspora communities are today, including relatively new immigrant communities and those with older, more established residents.
It was pointed out that Armenian communities have unfortunately become more passive in terms of pursuing national interests, especially since the great losses suffered by Armenia and Artsakh over the last two years.
Also discussed were means to restore the former vitality and energy of the Armenian Diaspora communities and to give hope to new generations. The crisis engulfing Armenia and Artsakh and ways to support the “Resistance” movement in Armenia were also examined.
The Central Committee and its guest also analyzed challenges facing Diaspora organizations and agreed that it is vital to strengthen the ARF’s global structure, to neutralize all forms of foreign interference that are attempting to strain the organization.