The initiative belongs to the administration of YSU Faculty of History and the members of Student Union “Nikol Aghbalyan”, who study at YSU. The speakers were the Director of the Centre on Western Armenian Studies Haykazun Alvrtsyan and Associate Professor at the Chair of Armenian History Levon Mkrtchyan.
The primary aim of the organizers was to raise interest among students towards the subject: “Nowadays our researchers should be more concerned with the Armenian Question. We need professionals who will make a detailed study of historical documents, experts who will approach the issue from different perspectives - legal, economic, cultural and so on. These problems should be moved to the international platform and discussed,” - said Dean of the Faculty of History Edik Minasyan.
According to him, the issue of the Armenian Genocide should be moved to the legal field. Levon Mkrtchyan’s lecture was devoted right to this topic. International treaties, protocols and other legal acts – the speaker is sure that the Armenian side must apply to the International Court, and before this step some experts are required - lawyers, physicians, economists, psychologists, and others to present in details the consequences of the genocide.
Haykazun Alvrtsyan presented the demographic picture of Western Armenia, referring especially to Islamized Armenians.
“In Western Armenia and other areas of Turkey there are 3000-5000 Christian Armenians only, while the population of the Islamized Armenians, according to the variety of sources, is quite large. Mainly they live in Pontus (Hamshenian Armenians), Cilicia, Minor Hayk, etc. They have a very important role in their region. In the past 20 years, alongside with local Armenians, Diaspora Armenians, Armenians of Artsakh and Javakhk, we outline another group of converted Armenians who are politically very important for us,” – said the speaker.
The students were quite active in expressing opinions, in some cases making specific proposals on this or that issue.
“This all started with the Faculty of History, but we also plan to hold similar events in other universities because, in our opinion, the young people, students should raise the issue of the Armenian Genocide,” – said Chairman of the Student Union “Nikol Aghbalyan” Ruslan Barseghyan.
We should note that several major events, dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide, are envisaged by the Faculty of History.