AAA: Some Twenty Countries To Participate In Genocide Tribute Event

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February 14, 2005
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Fmr. Governor Deukmejian to Serve as Honorary Chairman

Washington, DC – The Armenian Assembly, along with the Armenian General
Benevolent Union and the Western Diocese of the Armenian Church,
announced today that diplomats from some 20 countries, as well as
special guests George Deukmejian, former Governor of California
and Gagik Kirakosian, Consul General of the Republic of Armenia,
will participate in next week’s Armenian Genocide Tribute in Los
Angeles, CA.

The “International Relief, Refuge, and Recognition Tribute,” to be
held on February 24 at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel, will recognize
those nations who supported the survivors of the Armenian Genocide
or subsequently have officially affirmed the Genocide.

Special guests include former Los Angeles County District Attorney
Robert Philibosian as master of ceremonies, Los Angeles Mayor James
Hahn and Chief Deputy Director for Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger
Lisa Kalustian. Armenian Assembly Board of Directors Chairman Anthony
Barsamian and Western Office Chairman Richard Mushegain, as well AGBU
and Church leaders, will also be on hand.

“With the landmark 90th Anniversary of the Armenian Genocide this
year, this International Tribute will help set the stage for formal
commemorations in April,” said Vahe Imasdounian, AGBU Southern
California District Committee Chairman. “Our community is delighted
by the fantastic response to this unprecedented event. We also hope
that this event will serve to call international attention to the
atrocities that befell the Armenian nation.”

To date, the following nations have confirmed attendance: Belgium,
Cyprus, Ethiopia, Germany, Greece, Jordan, Romania, Russia, Slovakia,
Syria and Uruguay. The event will also feature diplomatic corps
members from Belize, Chile, Croatia, Estonia, Jamaica, Liberia,
Poland and Portugal.

For more information on this event, please contact Armenian Assembly
Western Office Deputy Director Nicole Shahenian at (310) 360-0091 or
via email at [email protected].

The Armenian Assembly of America is the largest Washington-based
nationwide organization promoting public understanding and awareness
of Armenian issues. It is a 501 (c) (3) tax-exempt membership