AYF Western Region to Protest at World Affairs Council Luncheon

BEVERLY HILLS–The Armenian Youth Federation – Western Region (AYF-WR) will protest against Vecdi Gnl–Minister of National Defense of the Republic of Turkey–during a luncheon–organized by the Los Angeles World Affairs Council–at which he is to speak. The luncheon and protest will take place Friday–March 24 at 11:00 AM at the Beverly Hills Hotel located on 9641 Sunset Boulevard in Beverly Hills.

During the luncheon–Defense Minister Gnl will be briefing his audience on "The Evolving Security Environment and Turkey’s Strategic Role in Eurasia." He will discuss Turkey’s role in relation to the European Union–as well as the changing strategic landscape of Eurasia. Turkey’s relationship with Armenia could also be discussed. The protest will draw attention to Turkey’s continuous and aggressive denial of the Armenian genocide.

"We must have a strong presence outside the Beverly Hills Hotel on March 24th. The AYF-WR calls on all members of the community to come and protest Defense Minister Gnl–who represents the Turkish government’s campaign of denial of the Armenian genocide. Our presence will not only show attending guests that we have not forgotten about the tragic events of 1915–but it will also show the Turkish government that our community is highly concerned with this issue and would like to see it resolved once and for all"–said Marie Minassian–AYF-WR Central Executive member.

The Los Angeles World Affairs Council works to promote a greater understanding of current world affairs by hosting prominent speakers. During these luncheons–guest speakers share their remarks on issues of concern to the local community. The luncheons also include a question and answer session–during which guests can be engaged in an open forum. The World Affairs Council does not endorse nor promote any specific viewpoint–but invites speakers to share their differing opinions.

The Armenian Youth Federation Western United States serves Armenian American communities west of the Mississippi through education–athletics–political activism–cultural activities–and social settings. To learn more about the AYF please log on to www.AYFwest.org.


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