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What: Public Lecture on `Armenia-Turkey Negotiations and
Armenia-Diaspora Relations’, by Harut Sasounian
When: Thursday, July 30, 2009, 7:30PM
Where: Merdinian Auditorium, 13330 Riverside Dr. Sherman Oaks, CA
Miscelaneous: The lecture will address the twists and turns of the
Armenia-Turkey negotiations and the influence of the U.S., Russia and
Europe in that process. The false impressions created by the Turkish
Government during the so-called border-opening talks will be analyzed.
The lecture will also cover whether President Obama was tricked by
Turkey to preclude him from saying genocide, or did he trick Armenia
The Turkish attempts to pit Armenia against the Diaspora will be
highlighted and counter-moves proposed.
The most recent Turkish trick will be exposed in linking the
border-opening talks to the Artsakh negotiations.
It will be pointed out that the Turkish preconditions in these talks
are ironically having the positive effect of restraining Armenia from
making further concessions.
After the lecture, there will be ample time for questions and answers.
Harut Sassounian is the publisher of The California Courier
newspaper. His editorials are reprinted in scores of publications
worldwide and posted on countless websites.
He is the President of the United Armenian Fund, which has supplied
over $550 million of humanitarian assistance to Armenia since the 1988
As Senior Vice President of the Lincy Foundation, he has overseen the
implementation of over $250 million of infrastructure-related projects
>From 1978 to 1982, he worked for the Procter & Gamble Company in
Geneva, Switzerland, as an international marketing executive.
He served for 10 years as a non-governmental delegate on human rights
at the United Nations, lobbying for the eventual recognition of the
Armenian Genocide by the UN Sub-Commission on Prevention of
Discrimination and Protection of Minorities in 1985. He has a Master’s
Degree in International Affairs from Columbia University, a
Certificate from the Middle East Institute, and an MBA from Pepperdine
He is the author of "The Armenian Genocide: The World Speaks Out,
1915-2005, Documents and Declarations" which has also been published
He serves on the Board of Directors of the Ministry of Diaspora of
He has been decorated by the President and Prime Minister of the
Republic of Armenia, as well as the heads of the Armenian Apostolic
and Catholic churches. He is the recipient of the Ellis Island Medal