General Assembly of the Social Democratic Hunchakian Party was
held during the last weeks of November in Larnaka, Cyprus. 52
delegates representing 12 adherent part regions participated along
with the outgoing Central Executive Board.
proceeded in an atmosphere of Party unity and accord, and reasserted
its commitment to exert all its potential on the road to the realization
of all the aspirations of the Armenian people.
On the occasion
of the 90th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide, the Assembly,
paying its respects to the countless martyrs of our nation, expressed
its gratitude to the hospitable Arab countries and their peoples
for aiding the survivors of the Catastrophe. It also saluted all
the states of the world that have officially recognized the Armenian
Genocide, but recorded its criticism of the governments of the
USA and Great Britain for their stands, which, based on political
considerations, still refuse to accept the reality of the fact
of the Genocide.
working sessions, the Assembly reviewed the many issues facing
the Party on organizational, economic and political fronts, making
corresponding resolutions regarding them, which will be implemented
by the newly elected Central Executive Board in the coming days.
On the organizational
front, the Assembly affirmed that its main aim remains the issue
of the final transfer of the Central Executive Board to Armenia.
To achieve this goal, it was resolved to henceforth hold the Partys
assemblies in the capital city of Yerevan and within the shortest
period of time to establish the Partys central office there.
2007 marks the 120th anniversary of the first political-revolutionary
party born from the bosom of the Armenian people, namely the mother
Hunchakian Party. On this occasion it was resolved to commemorate
that historic date in Armenia and across the diaspora appropriately
and with multifaceted events.
and thorough debates the Assembly formulated the Partys
positions regarding the various issues faced by the Armenian people
defined stances in regards to Armenian-Turkish relations, the
Armenian Cause, national preservation, the Artsakh issue, the
Javakhk problem, the church crisis, the present situation in Armenia
and other issues.
stage of Armenian-Turkish relations was considered in-depth. Summarizing
the viewpoints expressed by the delegates on the subject of those
relations, the Assembly came to the conclusion that on non-official
levels that dialogue lead to the recognition of the Genocide and
developing the Turkish public opinion in that regard, while the
official Armenian-Turkish discussion be conditional on the recognition
of the Genocide.
reaffirmed the traditional positions of the S. D. Hunchakian Party
regarding the Armenian Cause and territorial demands.
the question of Turkeys membership in the European Union,
the Assembly found that it must be conditioned by the recognition
of the Armenian Genocide, the lifting of the blockade of Armenia
and the removal of the invading Turkish army from Cyprus.
As at the
previous Assembly, this time too, the S. D. Hunchakian Party considered
the principle of the free self-determination of nations the basis
for the resolution of the Artsakh question. The S. D. Hunchakian
Party considers the unification of Mountainous Gharabagh with
Armenia or its acquisition of independent status as appropriate.
During negotiations, any land belonging to Armenia can not be
subject to deals or exchange, either in the form of area, nor
as passageway or route. Any agreement
on the resolution of the Artsakh issue must bear the signature
of the legitimate authorities in Artsakh and merit the consent
of Artsakhs residents through plebiscite.
the circumstances of the Javakhk Armenians, the S. D. H. Partys
18th Assembly concluded that their social, economic, civic and
educational demands are just and legitimate. These demands must
become a national concern. At this stage, the S. D. H. Party is
against the politicization of the social demands of the Javakhk
Armenians, finding it severely reckless and dangerous.
discussing its role in the next stage of the history of the Armenian
people, the 18th Assembly decided that the building of the Fatherland
and congregating around it remain the principle objectives of
the Party. For this purpose, more attention will be focused on
its national, educational, cultural levers for national preservation
and the pursuance of the Armenian Cause, buttressing and expanding
registered that the negative effect within the Armenian polity
of the crisis in the Armenian Church, created in the first phase
of post-genocide diaspora and reaching its zenith in 1956, still
lingers, despite salutary political developments. The Hunchakian
Party reasserts its viewpoint, that to better extend their national-spiritual
mission, the Armenian religious centers should operate within
non-partisan and non-political contexts.
Assembly naturally focused at length on the existing situation
in Armenia. After registering that corruption, economic mafias
and distrust in judicial bodies, for the eradication of which
the authorities dont take any serious initiative to ameliorate
the prevalent state of affairs and to attain improvement in the
political atmosphere, leave their negative influence on social
conditions, it underscored the importance of operating in a dissenting
the S. D. H. Partys socialist and democratic ideology, the
Assembly resolved that the establishment of true democracy in
Armenia, which is part of its mission, is the most important proposition.
The Hunchakian Party believes that it is not possible to achieve
economic and social justice in Armenia without democracy, the
foundation of which is the peaceful change of authority through
free and just elections.
The S. D.
H. Party concluded its 18th Assembly with confidence in the future
of the Armenian people and Armenia.
General Assembly of
Social Democrat Hunchakian Party