AGBU President Visits Armenia, Meet President Sargisian


YEREVAN — Berge Setrakian, president of the Armenian General Benevolent Union (AGBU), visited Armenia in early September to meet several Armenian officials.

While there, Setrakian met with Karekin II, Catholicos of All Armenians, Armenian President Serge Sargisian, Prime Minister Tigran Sargisian, Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandian and Diaspora Minister Hranush Hakobyan.

On September 4, Setrakian met with Sargisian at the presidential office, with issues raised regarding the proposed protocols between Armenia and Turkey.

“We know that the authorities in Armenia face a difficult path as they endeavor to build new relations with Turkey without imposed preconditions,” Setrakian said.

“We also believe the government of Armenia shares our serious concerns about the sincerity of Turkey, given its historic anti-Armenian policy that has continued to the present time.”

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Setrakian reportedly reiterated AGBU’s fundamental stand that international recognition of the Armenian Genocide should transcend and not be sacrificed for any immediate diplomatic consideration. He also said that no protocol should precondition normalization of relations by any terms of concession involving the Karabagh conflict.

Earlier in the week, Setrakian met with Diaspora Minister Hakobyan, discussing upcoming meetings and events that aim to bring together the diaspora and homeland, including a global Armenian leadership assembly slated to take place in Yerevan next year and an initiative to assemble Armenian intellectuals.

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