To introduce changes and amendments to the Armenian Constitution, or any other nation’s constitution, requires a long and arduous process. One important aspect is to foresee the ramifications of the changes…In the case of Armenia, where the intention is to establish a bicameral body in the Armenian government with the participation of Diaspora representatives, should not have been announced prematurely without seriously studying the operational issues as well as consulting some of the leaders of the Diaspora about its feasibility.
Does the loosely organized Diaspora want or can participate in political and civic issues and establish legislation? Who is the Diaspora? In itself, the Diaspora is wide and spread in different countries which have molded (or changed, may be) the Armenian character according to where they live. The Armenian Americans vary from coast to coast and definitely they are different than Armenians living in France or South America. People will argue and will get angry (it has happened at gatherings in Glendale) that “we are all Armenians”, yes, “don’t put distinctions between Armenians”. Yes, but living in different societies we have been acculturated and have different set of values in the United States than the Armenians in Iran or Australia or somewhere else.
In case the Diaspora is represented in Armenia, how do we expect the Diaspora to think alike, when even Armenians in Armenia have different set of values, views and opinions about issues, for instance, the Turkish-Armenian Protocols. There people who are for it and there are people who are against it. I am sure there are people who will argue that “How can any Armenian be for it?”
Are the Armenians in Armenia supporting this notion of involving the Diaspora in deciding their fate and destiny? Is it tailored to meet their needs? Maybe Armenia should shape up first by eliminating the tension, corruption and poverty rampant in the country and not finding excuses that it is a new country, give it some time.
Will a country accepts its citizens to be elected to a Parliament in a foreign country without creating suspicion even if the country is a friendly one and allows it to happen? And in case there come a moment when a decision has to be made where the choice is the country of your citizenship and Armenia, what would happen? Do countries like France, Italy, Germany, Lebanon, Argentina or any other one, have the same approach and attitude to this issue?
I think we should start with an Advisory Council, or even have the expert and professional consultants to the President, as the U.S and other countries have.
The issue needs a lot of thinking, researching, consulting, deliberating until we reach to a common ground.