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Ministry of Foreign Affairs * Public Affairs Department June 21, 2002 Press Release Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Armenia Information Desk Fax: (374-1) 523531 info@armeniaForeignMinistry.com http://www.ArmeniaForeignMinistry.am Following Armenia-Diaspora Conference, Commissions Being Formed Nearly three weeks after the conclusion of the Second Armenia Diaspora Conference, work has begun to form standing commissions for each of the main sectors of Armenia Diaspora involvement that had been covered by the Conference: Armenia-Diaspora relations and structural issues; Political relations and advocacy; Education, Culture, Science; Economic & Social Development; Information & Media. Representatives of Armenian organizations will join experts and professionals from Armenia and Diaspora to oversee projects, programs and proposals within each sector. On May 27 and 28, nearly 3,000 participants from Armenia and 48 countries of the Diaspora attended the Second Armenia Diaspora Conference in Yerevan. Participants spent two days attending two plenary sessions and had a choice among 16 different panel discussions covering the themes mentioned above. The panelists were selected from Armenia, the Diaspora, and among the Diasporan re-pat community in Armenia. Participants witnessed first hand the excitement, anticipation, fulfillment and frustrations that are an inevitable part of such a large gathering. They also sensed the huge potential of Armenia and Diaspora working together. At the conclusion of the conference, participants adopted seven specific proposals for joint implementation; as well as a declaration expressing the spirit and will of the conference participants. As follow-up to the Conference, by the end of July, each of the dozen major international Armenian organizations (whose representatives spoke at the Conference’s Opening Plenary Session) will nominate one candidate to participate in each of the commissions, and names of experts (as well as representatives from Armenia and Nagorno Karabagh) will be added to those proposed by these organizations before the make-up of the permanent commissions are announced. In addition, each of the seven projects which were adopted will also be executed by an implementation unit that will work jointly with these commissions. All proposals and suggestions which were presented before, during and after the conference are being posted on www.armeniadiaspora.com <http://www.armeniadiaspora.com/> , together with all all speeches and panel presentations. Additional proposals, comments, suggestions are welcome. Each sector will have a moderated forum where projects, proposals can be discussed, examined, evaluated, and those who are charged with implementation can work together, even from a distance. www.armeniadiaspora.com, which is already one of the busiest web sites in the Armenian world, will continue to be the main conduit for ideas, suggestions, proposals, discussions and implementation. As a result, experts, specialists, busy professionals are welcome to join in or depart at any point, contributing what time and skills they wish.