An open letter to the High Commissioner for Diaspora Affairs Zareh Sinanian

WESTERN ARMENIA – RoA Diaspora Commissioner Zareh Sinanyan: “I don’t know about Mets Hayg (Greater Armenia)…The strategic goal [of recognition] is to live as Armenians in our own homeland….Recognition is a tactical step in a long series of steps we will undertake as a people…It is more a national security issue. What comes after Turkish recognition? The only one entity that can implement policy and politics is RoA. It has to be the state. With respect to vis-a-vis Turkey, I assure you in the future it’s going to be with Armenia and not with respect to the Diaspora…We say the Diaspora wants to struggle for Western Armenia, but on its own how is that struggle going to take place? How is the Diaspora going to return W. Armenia? If you can give me an answer on that issue, I’d love to hear it. But there is a state of Armenia that has all the institutions that it has and also conducts foreign policy. That is a much more powerful tool.”

 Antranig Kasbarian: “Granted we have lost Western Armenia. Today we have Armenia and Artsakh as our homeland…Who better to address the Armenia that we lost than the Diaspora, whose pedigree is Western Armenia…We don’t want to speak in the past tense about Armenia, as we do with regard to Western Armenia.”

19 .10.2019

According to Resolution 260 adopted by the General Assembly of the United Nations on 9 December 1948, the Genocide Convention entered into force on 12 January 1951, respecting the provisions of Article 13.

And according to Article 11 of the Declaration of Independence of the Republic of Armenia, the Republic of Armenia will support the issue of international recognition of the Genocide against Armenians in Ottoman Turkey and Western Armenia.

And according to the UN Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples of September 13, 2007, in which 143 states, including the Republic of Armenia, voted.

The indigenous Armenian people of Western Armenia and Cilicia were subjected to genocide. This one is approved under the three points of the UN Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide.

The Republic of Western Armenia can demand compensation from the Turkish government because, according to international law, the borders of the continuous state of the Armenian State (on the territory Western Armenia ) with Turkey are established by the terms of the Treaty of Sevres of 1920, and by the arbitrary award of Woodrow Wilson together with Allied powers which regulate the rights of armenians in Western Armenia.

According to international law, only descendants of the indigenous Armenian people of Western Armenia and Cilicia and survivors of the Genocide can claim compensation. The genocide was committed in order to emancipate those lands from the indigenous Armenian population and take possession of their property. 

Organized in a state system, therefore, Armenians of Western Armenia can, as a state and as a successor of indigenous people, who have been subjected to genocide and deported, put their land claims before Turkey and international tribunals.

We should also consider our brothers and sisters who have been converted to Islam.

As children of the indigenous people, we can raise an international issue of human rights, something that today’s Republic of Armenia cannot do, which step can be seen as a violation of international boundaries, just as it was with the Artsakh issue.

Artsakh is the best example of the right of the indigenous people to self-determination.


National Assembly of Western Armenia

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