Inauguration of the New Office of the European Armenian Federation for Justice and Democracy

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Brussels, March 25, 2024 – With the inauguration of its new premises in Brussels on March 24, the European Armenian Federation for Justice and Democracy (EAFJD) celebrated a significant milestone, since its establishment in 2002.

The inauguration ceremony took place in the presence of Mr. and Ms. Mike and Evelina Sarian and his family, thanks to whose generous donation the EAFJD office was acquired. The event was also attended by dozens of esteemed guests, including long-standing EAFJD benefactors Raffi Arslanian and Atom Tenjoukian, the Chairman of Armenian Revolutionary Federation and the President of the Central Board of Armenian National Committees Hagop Der Khatchadourian, Deputy Head of Mission of the Republic of Armenia to the European Union, Mr. Vardan Sargsyan, Belgian MPs, journalists, public figures, and the representatives of the Armenian communities of Belgium, Cyprus, France, Germany, Netherlands, Romania and the United Kingdom.

The official inauguration commenced with the ceremonial ribbon-cutting by Mike and Evelina Sarians, alongside the Chairman of Armenian Revolutionary Federation and the President of the Central Board of Armenian National Committees Hagop Der Khatchadourian and the EAFJD President, Kaspar Karampetian symbolizing support for the EAFJD’s mission and collaborative efforts. The ceremony was followed by a reception during which speeches were delivered, reflecting on the significance of the occasion, expressing gratitude to all who contributed to EAFJD’s work.

The participants conveyed their well-wishes for the future endeavors of the EAFJD, emphasizing its important role in advocating for the Armenian cause.

Mr. Sarian, reflecting on the occasion, stated: ‘’It is really a great honor to dedicate the office of the European Armenian Federation for Justice and Democracy in Brussels in memory of our father, Yerjanik Sarian. ‘Yerjanik,’ which means ‘happy’ in Armenian, embodies our wish for this office to be a source of happiness for all Armenians committed to advancing the Armenian cause worldwide and particularly in Europe. We wish great success to the staff of EAFJD and the members of our community, hoping for more achievements in these bleak days we are facing as Armenians and Armenia.’’

The President of the EAFJD, Kaspar Karampetian, expressed his heartfelt appreciation and gratitude to Mike Sarian and his family, remarking, “We are deeply thankful to Mr. Sarian and his family for their remarkable generosity. It is indeed an honor that our office carries the name of late Yerjanik Sarian. This office symbolizes a home for all of us, dedicated to serving the Armenian people and advancing the Armenian cause. We remain steadfast to this purpose.”

The inauguration of the new office represents a significant step forward for the EAFJD, reaffirming its commitment to advancing the Armenian statehood and advocating for the fundamental rights of the indigenous people of Artsakh/Nagorno Karabakh on the European level. As the EAFJD embarks on this new chapter, it looks forward to implementing its mission.

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