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Heritage Party leader on a visit to Cambodia

PanARMENIAN.NetRaffi K. Hovannisian,
Heritage Party leader and Armenia’s first minister of foreign affairs,
is currently in the Cambodian capital to take part in and address the
6th General Assembly of the International Conference of Asian Political
Parties (ICAPP) on the 10th anniversary of its founding, the party said
in a press release.

Bringing together the delegates of 89
political parties from 36 countries, ICAPP’s continental convention is
dedicated this year to “Asia’s Quest for a Better Tomorrow.”

Raffi Hovannisian’s plenary presentation outlined the global security,
environmental, socioeconomic and human challenges of the third
millennium, and against the backdrop of state sovereignties and
national interests underscored the imperative of respecting and
safeguarding the fundamental dignity, rights, and empowerment of each
and every individual in national societies and international affairs.

In this connection and as the grandson of survivors of the Great
Genocide and National Dispossession of the Armenian people, Hovannisian
paid tribute to its victims as well as those of the Holocaust, the
Cambodian genocide and all other crimes against humanity.
Reconciliation, he concluded, must in all cases be anchored in truth,
justice and a liberating redemption.

Raffi Hovannisian had
earlier joined the other delegates in visiting the Phnom Penh High
School which in 1975 the dictator Pol Pot and his Khmer Rouge regime
had turned into the S-21 concentration camp, a holding and torture
compound that served as the launching ground for the murder of nearly
two million of his own people in the killing fields of Cambodia. It was
not until this past summer that the first senior officer of the Khmer
Rouge was actually tried and convicted on the charge of perpetration of
genocide.

In the margins of the conference, Hovannisian met
with Cambodian Prime Minister Samdech Hun Sen; Malaysian Prime Minister
Dato Sri Mohamad Najib bin Tun Haji Abdul Razak; Nepalese Prime
Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal; former President Fidel Ramos of the
Philippines; former President Megawati Sukarnoputri of Indonesia;
Chinese Communist Party Politbureau member Li Yuanchao; Speaker of the
Philippines Parliament Feliciano Belmonte; ICAPP Founder and former
Speaker of the Philippines Parliament Jose de Venecia; as well as
officials and non-governmental representatives from Asia and across the
world.

Also participating in the conclave was a delegation of
the Armenian Revolutionary Federation of Lebanon led by its Central
Committee chairman Mr. Hovsep Moukhtarian.

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