United States, Armenia to Sign Cultural Sites Agreement

Federal Information and News Dispatch, Inc.
State Department
May 24, 2004


United States, Armenia to Sign Cultural Sites Agreement

TEXT: Warren L. Miller, Chairman of the United States Commission
for the Preservation of America’s Heritage Abroad and Ambassador
Arman Kirakossian of Armenia will sign a cultural sites agreement on
Tuesday, May 25th2004 at 11:00 a.m. in the Treaty Room of the U.S.
Department of State’s Truman Building. Under Secretary of State Marc
Grossman will witness the signing.

The agreement, negotiated by the U. S. Commission for the Preservation
of America’s Heritage Abroad in cooperation with the Department
of State, pledges both countries to take steps to help protect and
preserve properties that are important to the cultural heritage of
Armenians and Americans in the territory of the United States and
Armenia, such as memorials, cemeteries, and places of worship.

Pick-up time for cameras: 10:30 a.m. the 23rdStreet Entrance Final
access for all press: 10:45 a.m. from the 23rdStreet Entrance

Media representatives who plan to attend must present one of
the following press credentials: (1) a U.S. Government-issued
identification card (Department of State, White House, Congress,
Department of Defense, or Foreign Press Center), (2) a photo ID issued
by the employing media organization, or (3) a letter on official
letterhead from their news organization verifying their employment as
a journalist, accompanied by an official photo ID (drivers’ license
or passport). Media must use the 23rdStreet entrance for access to
this event.

Press Contact For more information on this event, contact: Kathryn
Schalow, European and Eurasian Bureau Press Office, (202) 647-8602

From: Emil Lazarian | Ararat NewsPress

Emil Lazarian

“I should like to see any power of the world destroy this race, this small tribe of unimportant people, whose wars have all been fought and lost, whose structures have crumbled, literature is unread, music is unheard, and prayers are no more answered. Go ahead, destroy Armenia . See if you can do it. Send them into the desert without bread or water. Burn their homes and churches. Then see if they will not laugh, sing and pray again. For when two of them meet anywhere in the world, see if they will not create a New Armenia.” - WS