Armenian Revolutionary Federation

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The Armenian Revolutionary Federation (ARF) is also known as the Dashnaktsutiun (or in Western Armenian, the Tashnagtsutiun). It is a member of the governing coalition in Armenia. A member of the party is known as a Dashnak (or in Western Armenian a Tashnag).

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ARF Bureau's new building opens in Yerevan

17.08.2005 11:56

YEREVAN (YERKIR) - A new building to house the Armenian Revolutionary Federation (ARF) Bureau solemnly opened in Yerevan on August 16, ARF Press office reported.

Representatives of Armenian political parties as well as ARF members from around the world were present at the opening ceremony also attended by Armenian Foreign Minister Vardan Oskanian, Armenian president's chief of staff Artashes Tumanian, and Bishop Vazgen Mirzakhanian, representing Catholicos Garegin II.

The ceremony began with the Armenian national anthem and "Mshak Banvor," the official anthem of the ARF, followed by a speech of ARF Armenia Supreme Body Representative Armen Rustamian.

After welcoming the representatives of the Armenian political parties and ARF members from across the world, Rustamian pointed to the importance of unification to settle the national issues.

In his turn, ARF Bureau Representative Hrant Margarian noted that during its 115-year history, the ARF Bureau had never had a building of its own; it had offices, places to work, but now, it has it has its own building in Armenia allowing to show the party in its entirety.

"Today we are not in a position to chose our tasks because the issues of Armenians are our issues from the strengthening of the Armenian statehood and ensuring its security to the people's prosperity and acquiring our nation's collective rights from Artsakh to Javakhk and the fragments of the Armenians in Western Armenia, fragments of Armenians in the former Soviet Union and more organizing of the Diaspora."

Margarian noted that the new building was acquired due to generous donations from party members and sympathizers, among them Varand and Hury Melkonians from Western United States. He also mentioned Zohrap and Noyemi Tazians whose donation helped to establish a library-museum in the building, adding there are also other donors.

Varand Melkonian said that being a ARF sympathizer he was happy to be given a chance to contribute to the Armenian Cause and serving the Armenian national interest.

Bishop Vazgen Mirzakhanian bestowed the blessings of Catholicos Garegin II and wished luck for the works to be accomplished.

Hrant Margarian and Varand Melkonian cut the band at the building entrance and then the guests explored the rooms of the 3- story building followed by a treatment.

The building will house several offices of the ARF Bureau, including the Youth office, Hay Dat office, Economic office and others.


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