To Armenian-American Organizations on the Crisis in Armenia

The following open letter was sent on April 21, 2018 to these prominent Armenian-American organizations: Armenian Assembly of America (AAA), Armenian National Committee of America (ANCA), Armenian General Benevolent Union (AGBU), Armenian Missionary Association of America (AMAA), Diocese of the Armenian Church of America, and Prelacy of the Armenian Apostolic Church of America.

Dear Madams/Sirs:

As a concerned Armenian-American, I respectfully ask your organization to seriously reconsider its longstanding support of Serge Sargsyan's criminal-oligarchic regime in Armenia and unconditionally back the collective will of the Armenian people who worldwide are demanding the restoration of constitutional order and national dignity through Sargsyan's immediate resignation and the holding of new, transparent parliamentary elections.

The following open letter was sent on April 21, 2018 to these prominent Armenian-American organizations: Armenian Assembly of America (AAA), Armenian National Committee of America (ANCA), Armenian General Benevolent Union (AGBU), Armenian Missionary Association of America (AMAA), Diocese of the Armenian Church of America, and Prelacy of the Armenian Apostolic Church of America.

Dear Madams/Sirs:

As a concerned Armenian-American, I respectfully ask your organization to seriously reconsider its longstanding support of Serge Sargsyan's criminal-oligarchic regime in Armenia and unconditionally back the collective will of the Armenian people who worldwide are demanding the restoration of constitutional order and national dignity through Sargsyan's immediate resignation and the holding of new, transparent parliamentary elections.

I expect prominent Armenian-American organizations such as yours, which admirably collaborated to create an independent Armenia when we had none, to at all times act in solidarity with our justice- and democracy-seeking compatriots.

Only an Armenian government with pan-national legitimacy and respect is capable of ensuring the security and well-being of its citizens and lending support to millions of dispossessed Armenians seeking to recover their occupied lands in Western Armenia.

I thank you for your time and anticipate your leadership at this watershed moment in Armenian history.

Sincerely,
Ludér Tavit Sahagian
Needham, Massachusetts

Sahagian is a freelance writer specializing in international relations and diplomacy.

7 comments
  1. Maybe the 4th Constitution

    Maybe the 4th Constitution revision of the new republic will be the charm. Already a generation has come and gone since 21 September 1991. Armenia's enemies are licking their chops.

    The vote for prime minister was 76 for and 17 against for Serge Sarkisian. Amot!

  2. The Sakisian regime.

    It is true that the Armenian Diaspora felt abandoned and alone in its struggle for justice. We love Armenia and support it, but we feel that the Armenian government so far has neglected us. Not to underestimate the economic difficulties in time of war, Armenia could do more at the UN, pay bigger, louder, lip service at least. Accuse and embarrass the big powers for abandoning Armenia, their ally during WWI. Armenia could easily replace its lost one million population by inviting Diaspora Armenians back. Nothing happens….

  3. Support from Canada

    The call to the Armenian organizations is fully applicable also to Armenian organizations in Canada.

    Yesterday, one day after resignation of Serge Sarkissian, his vice-Prime Minister, Vache Gabrielyan  was being hosted by the Society of Armenians  from Istanbul, in Montreal with a purpose of fundraising for the "so called" Armenian causes.

    When some Montreal citizens questioned the purpose of the event during this meeting, many organizers of the event expressed hostility towards them.

    I very much hope that the Armenian organizations in all of North America make a more careful effort to understand the situation in Armenia to be able to insure that their  efforts to help Armenia are not misguided as they very often are currently.

    Elisa Sahbazian, PhD

  4. A national vote needs to take place

    What just happened is not what is supposed to happen. We did not support Armenia so it would be governed by mob rule. A national vote needs to take place when anyone is elected or impeached. Serge Sarkissian did his best with what he had to work with. Those powerful manipulators cannot and will not be ignored. He needed them as much as he needed the people. If Armenians do not show respect for their leaders, how do we expect others to respect them? Decorum is everything.

  5. Mafias in Armenia/Diaspora

    The brave people of Armenia should serve as models to empower the Diaspora to get rid of OUR OWN MAFIAS who have hijacked many if not most of our traditional organizations and are doing damage to Hai Tahd, Hayastan, Artsakh, Arevmdahayastan and the global Armenian communities.

    As Luder Sahagian so aply reminded us, NOT ONE of the traditional Diasporan organizations stood by the people UNTIL Serzh stepped down. Let us continue to work towards positive change even while the apparatchiks in Arevelyan Hayastan are still in place. As the saying goes, "the powerful will not give up their power willingly."

  6. Corrupt regime with corrupt organizations and parties

    Unfortunately, all the traditional Armenian parties and spiritual entities are without exception hopeless in effecting a real change in the life of the Armenian people. These organizations listed in this article were and still are paying lip service to the remaining structure of S. Sargsyan's regime and the corrupt system that it represents. As such, they should not be trusted and the prospect for a real and positive change in Armenia should directly come from its people and its truly devoted leaders, such as is the person of Nikol Pashinyan. 

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