STOCKHOLM (Combined Sources)–Armenia’s ambassador to Sweden Vladimir Karmirshalian, announced that an Armenian delegation has been invited to participate, January 26-28, in the international conference The Stockholm International Forum: Preventing Genocide; Threats and Responsibilities. Representatives of 58 governments have been invited to Stockholm by Prime Minister Göran Persson to discuss key humanitarian, political, and moral issues that relate to genocide. In addition, representatives of some 15 international organizations will participate as observers.
Previous conferences have used historical perspectives as the basis for their work; this time, however, the focus will be on the future. Political, ideological, and economic motives pertaining to genocide will be reviewed, but the primary focus of the three-day conference will be the prevention of genocide, mass killings, and ethnic cleansing. The aim of the conference is to gain an overall understanding of the problem of genocide, and pave the way for preventive action.
The Stockholm meeting is the first conference to embrace the distinct format, and be held on a governmental level, since the United Nations adopted the Convention against Genocide in 1948.
While key note speakers will open the conference, the main work will be conducted by panels of prominent participants, and during a number of workshops concentrating on four key areas: threats, responsibilities, prevention, and awareness.
This will be the fourth and final one in the series of the Stockholm International Forum.