All Armenian Fund “Hayastan” Lacks Means to Continue Programs

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–The Board of Trustees of the All Armenian Fund "Hayastan" met Thursday to discuss the Fund’s further programs–the public relations department of the Fund told Noyan Tapan. Attending the meeting were also some Diasporan members of the Board of Trustees–including the well-known philanthropist Hirair Hovnanian.

At present the Fund has no means for implementing further programs–the acting executive director of the "Hayastan" Fund Raffi Hovannisian told Noyan Tapan.

Talking to reporters–Hovhannissian denied the rumors that the Board of Trustees will not appoint him executive director of the Fund.

Last Wednesday–a meeting of the Board of Trustees of the All Armenian Fund "Hayastan" presided over by the Chairman of the Board of Trustees–Armenian President Kocharian–discussed issues of implementation of the Fund’s programs.

The meeting also discussed the organization of a propaganda campaign for the restoration of the disaster area–construction of a highway to connect the North and the South of Nagorno Karabakh whereafter the ten-day Period of the Fund will follow (November 26 to December 7). This arrangement will be aimed at involving all Armenia’s of the world in the restoration of the disaster area.

The Presidium of the Board of Trustees made a decision on including Tigran Izmirlian (Switzerland) in the panel of the Board of Trustees.

Also attending the meeting were Parliament Speaker Khosrov Haroutiunian; Prime Minister Armen Darbinian; Constitutional Court Chairman Gagik Haroutiunian; Minister of Finance and Economy Edward Sandoyan; Chairman of the Armenian Assembly of America Hirair Hovnanian. Catholicos of All Armenia’s Karekin I; Foreign Minister Vardan Oskanian; and Karabakh’s Prime Minister Zhirair Pogossian–who are not members of the Presidium of the Board of Trustees–were also invited to attend the meeting.

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