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Third meeting of Armenians in Europe within the Forum of Armenian Associations of Europe (FAAE) :


Bonn, Germany, June 1 to 4, 2001.

For the third year running, the FAAE annual conference will bring together delegates of Armenian organisations and communities from around Europe.

Among other highlights, the conference will feature :

MEET VARTAN OSKANIAN : a special session with Armenian Foreign Minister Vartan Oskanian to discuss Armenia-Diaspora relations and to prepare the forthcoming Armenia-Diaspora conference in Yerevan.

SHOULD THE DIASPORA HAVE PARLIAMENTS ? A debate on community institutions in different European countries. This discussion comes at a time when the two largest Armenian communities in Europe- Russia and France- are undergoing

TURKEY TO JOIN THE EUROPEAN UNION. Among other new and ongoing projects, the Forum will also discuss the next stages of its activities concerning plans and conditions
for Turkey’s membership of the European Union.

The conference is organised jointly by the FAAE, the Central Council of Armenians in Germany, the Institute for Armenian Studies and the European Union Migrants Forum/European Commission.

For the full conference programme and practical informaton, please read below.

For all further information, please check our Web Page, www.users.ch/faae or contact the secretariat at: Fax/ tel: 0041-22-774 11 75. E- Mail:- faae@users.ch.

– Programme-

In BONN, GERMANY – JUNE 1 – 4. 2001


Gustav-Streseman Institut
Langer Grabenweg 68, 53175 BONN – GERMANY
Reception desk: ++49-228-81 070

Conference organized by
The Forum of Armenian Associations of Europe
The Central Council of Armenians in Germany
The Institute for Armenian Studies
The EU Migrants Forum

Friday, 01.06.2001

Evening: welcome session
Untill 18.00 Registration
18.00-18.30 “One word of welcome”: reception and brief address by the hosts
Shawarch Owassapian, Chairman, Central Council of the Armenians in Germany (ZAD)
Antranig Aznavour, Institut for Armenian Studies (IAF).
Ashot Woskanian, Ambassador of the Republic of Armenia in Germany
Saïd Charchira, President, European Migrants Forum (invited)
Toros Saghérian, Secretary General, FAAE
18.30- 19.00 “An Armenian in Politics”: address by Patrick Devedjian, MP, France (invited). Debate
19.30 Dinner.
20.30 Classical music concert.

Saturday, 02.06.2001

Morning session: Taking stock, moving forward
09.15 Conference-Opening/Secretary General
09.30 Election of conference chairs and secretaries
09.40 New membership-applications and approval of new members
10.00 Report on the activities of the FAAE-Executive Board
10.20 Financial Report
10.40 Questions and approval, adoption of the reports.
10.50 Break
11.05 Reports on various initiatives and proposals for follow up.
1. Chouchi, 9th May, Anoushavan Danyelian, Prime Minister of Karabakh, Toros Saghérian, FAAE.
2. The Armenian Business Forum of Europe (ABFE), Jean Altounian, Alex Avanessian, Co-directors.
3. Setting up a Communications Network, Antranig Aznavour
4. Promoting the Armenian language, Garabed Dakessian, Director of the Melkonian College, Cyprus. Nicolas Tavitian, Member of the Committee of Armenians in Belgium.
5. Turkey and the European Union, Nicolas Tavitian, Director of the Brussels office, Toros Saghérian, FAAE.
12.15 Lunch
Afternoon session: New initiatives
13.45 New proposal 1 : Armenian youth in politics, Varoujan Pamboukjian, Member of Parliament, Romania.
14.10 Armenian community structures in Europe: traditions and innovations.
– The Russian perspective: Antranig Mihranian, Member of the Praesidium of the Union of Armenians in Russia.
– Recent developments in France: Alexis Govcyan, President of the Comité de Coordination des Associations Arméniennes de France (formerly Comité du 24 Avril). (Invited).
– The situation of Armenian communities in Central and Eastern Europe : Roupen Krikorian, President, Armenian Community of Bulgaria.
– Armenians in Eastern Europe: a specific perspective: Varoujan Oskanian, President of the Armenian Community of Romania.
– Discussion.
– New poposal 2 : Community structures, learning from experience, Roupen Krikorian.
15.40 Coffee break
16.00 The Genocide recognition campaign: what next?
– Traditional and novel strategies of genocide denial,
Dr Mihran Dabag, Bochum
– New proposal 4: the Genocide recognition campaign : Antranig Aznavour.
16.45. Armenian immigrants in Europe and the EU’s expected enlargement. Saïd Charchira, President, European Migrants Forum, EU (invited).
17.15 Special reports by member organisations.
17.45 “Globalisation and the Armenian Diaspora”: Short introduction to, and formation of the working groups.
The working groups will meet the next day to discuss the following five topics.
1 From the silk road to the world market: economic perspectives. (Chair: Jean Altounian).
2. Multimedia realities: transformations of the living environment caused by the new media.
3. A self-determined identity: the resurgence of tradition and identity. (Chair: Mihran Dabag)
4. The Armenian language as identity and instrument: maintaining,
remembering and understanding. (Chair: Garabed Dakessian).
5. Modern networking: strategies for collective action. (Chair Antranig Aznavour).
6. Armenian immigrants in Europe and the EU’s expected enlargement. (Chair: Artin Akyüz, Vice President of the European Migrants Forum).
18.30 Sightseeing Tour
20.30 Dinner and entertainment

Sunday, 03.06.2001

Morning session: the Dialogue between the Diaspora and the Republic
Co-chairs: Dr. Schawarch Owassapian, ZAD and Toros Saghérian, FAAE
9.30 The fundamental directions of Armenia’s Foreign Policy and the 2001
Armenia-Diaspora Conference in Yerevan. Vartan Oskanian, Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Armenia.
10.15 Debate with the Foreign Minister
12.00 Conclusions.
12.45 Lunch.
Afternoon session: Globalisation and the Armenian Diaspora
Chair: Schawarch Owassapian
14.00 “Global Trends: the Diaspora’s future, an introduction to the issue” Dipl.Soz.Wiss. Kristin Platt, Bochum
14.30 “The structures and processes of globalisation and the place of Armenian communities” Prof. Dr. Khachig Tololyan, Middletown (invited)
15.00 “A fragmented church in a globalised world”
Bishop Norvan Zakarian, Lyon
15.30 “Territoriality, Regionalism and small states. The Republic of Armenia in the light of the concept of globalisation.
Ashot Woskanian, Ambassador of the Republic of Armenia to the Federal Republic of Germany
16.00 Break
16.15 Working Groups
17.45 Round Table – Discussion session with the chairmen of the working groups
20.00 Dinner

Monday, 04-06.2001

Closing session
9.15 Recapitulation and adoption of the programme of activities
10.00 Presentation and adoption of the Budget for 2001-2002
10.30 Election of a replacement member to the Executive Board
10.45 The 2002 Annual Conference of Representatives
11.15 Miscellaneous
11.45 Farewell
12.00 End of the conference.


Dates: from June 1, 2001, 6.00 p, to June 4, 12.30 pm.

1. Conference Address:
Gustav-Streseman Institut
Langer Grabenweg 68, 53175 BONN – GERMANY
Reception desk: ++49-228-81 070

2. Conference Languages:
Armenian, English and French. Interpretation will be available for those languages.

3. Registration:
Conference registration is open to all. Representatives of Organisations are particularly invited to attend. Individuals can attend the conference only as observers.

To register, please fill the registration form and return it to the Office of FAAE, 341, Rte. de Lausanne 1293 BELLEVUE/GENEVA SWITZERLAND

Please register in writing only; registration is effective upon payment of the registration fee. Cancellations can only be accepted up to May 15th.

4. Conference fees:
Overnight accommodation and meals for the entire conference:
Single room : DM 450.– per person.
Double room: DM 400.– per person.
Participation without overnight accommodations (meals included): Per person: DM 150.–
Participation fee for students: 50% discount.

5. Deadlines.
To apply for FAAE membership-organisations only. May 15 (please request full application requirements from FAAE Central Office) For Submission of project proposal by member organisations only: May 15.

6. How to reach Gustav-Streseman Institut.
By car: Via freeway A3: freeway intersection Bonn/Siegburg; via freeway A560: Bonn to freeway merging point St.Augustin; via freeway A59: Bonn-Bad Godesberg to freeway intersection Bonn-Ost (42); via freeway A562 to exit Rheinaue, turn left, then right at the next traffic light, Heinemannstr., after the first traffic light make a left-hand U-turn at the first place possible.

Parking is available after ca. 100 m on the right.

By train: from Bonn, central station: U-Bahn (underground) line 16 or 63 towards Bad Godesberg; Stop: Max-Löbner-Strasse.

By Airways: Airport Cologne/Bonn: Shuttle bus No.670 to Bonn central station (Hauptbahnhof); U-Bahn (underground) line 16 or 63 towards Bad Godesberg; Stop: Max-Löbner-Strasse.

7. Travel Visas for Germany
Persons requiring a personalised letter to obtain a visa should indicate this on their registration form. The letter will be sent by fax to the number indicated on the form within 7 days by the organisers. Since it takes relative long to obtain an entry visa to Germany for citizens of Eastern European Countries we advise to apply for a visa as soon as possible.

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