Photos by Armen Simonyan
“Established in 2012, PTPI Armenia is quite active and participates in the programs of the PTPI. Every year, the organization holds a European conference. The chapter that wants the conference to be held in the respective country submits an application, and the other countries cast votes. Last year, Armenia also submitted an application along with Austria and Poland. Based on the results of the vote, this year the conference is being held in Armenia,” Head of PTPI Armenia Tamara Torosyan said in an interview with Eritasard.am.
According to her, the conference has gathered participants from nearly 20 countries, including the USA, Switzerland, Germany, Hungary, Denmark, etc. According to the Head of PTPI Armenia, PTPI Armenia is also presenting Armenia to the delegates from various countries. The participants will be visiting Tsitsernakaberd Armenian Genocide Memorial Complex, the Institute of Ancient Manuscripts after Mesrop Mashtots (Matenadaran), the temple in Garni, Geghard Monastery and other sites.
The PTPI was established in 1956 by U.S. President Dwight Eisenhower. Currently, the PTPI has 23,700 members from all parts of the world. PTPI creates a cross-cultural network of citizens of the world, expands cross-cultural cooperation and implements cultural, educational and humanitarian programs through the exchange of ideas and experiences and simply tries to make the world a better place for people.
Head of People to People International Mary Jean Eisenhower, granddaughter of the 34th U.S. President Dwight Eisenhower, is also in Armenia to participate in the conference.
“Armenia is hosting the conference for the first time ever. This conference is very important, and it has gathered people from different parts of the world. We are trying to make the world a better place. It seems as though my grandfather’s dream has come true. During his term in office, everyone was split. In this context, we have achieved success, if we also consider where we were and where we have reached. He would be very proud,” Mary Jean Eisenhower stated in an interview with Eritasard.am.
The European Conference will be held in Armenia until September 10.
Gallery: PTPI European Conference 2017