By Arpiar Hagopian
NEW YORK — Hagop Avedikian, chairman of the Armenian Democratic Liberal Party (ADL) of Armenia’s Central Committee and editor of the Yerevan weekly newspaper Azg, visited Boston and New York in mid-November for political party matters. Taking advantage of the occasion, Avedikian was also able to visit a number of community institutions and leaders.
In Boston, Avedikian visited the Baikar building, which hosts the offices of the Armenian Mirror-Spectator and the headquarters of the Tekeyan Cultural Association of the United States and Canada (TCA). Hagop Vartivarian, a well-known leader in the ADL and the TCA, accompanied Avedikian during his New York visits.
In New York, during the morning of November 16, the two paid a visit to St. Vartan Cathedral and met with Archbishop Khajag Barsamian, Primate of the Diocese of the Armenian Church of America (Eastern), who remains a firm friend of the two sister organizations in the US. The relationship between the hierarchical sees of the Armenian Church, the forthcoming elections of the Patriarchate of Istanbul, and new challenges facing the Armenian diaspora were discussed.
The Primate spoke of the mission of St. Nersess Armenian Seminary, its curriculum, and its relations with the Mother See. He gave some information on the recent visit of the Catholicos to New York and recent decisions of the Supreme Spiritual Council, and gave copies of two newly published historical works on the division in the Armenian Church authored by Silva Sukiasyan.
In the afternoon, the two went to the United Nations to meet with Armenia’s representative Ambassador Zohrab Mnatsakanyan, who has been a friend of the ADL and TCA since the days of his youth. Mnatsakanyan spoke about various political developments at the UN, the April war, and the increasingly anti-regime atmosphere which was one of the consequences of this war. It was agreed that greater trust had to be created for the diaspora to provide more aid, while the stability of the region and the quick resolution of the Karabakh issue were seen as necessities.