Ghoukassian to Speak at World Affairs Council Thursday

GLENDALE–Nagorno-Karabakh Republic President Arkady Ghoukassian will address the prominent Los Angeles World Affairs Council Thursday, as part of his visit to Los Angeles, announced the Armenian Fund Inc. Ghoukassian arrived in Los Angeles Monday from Detroit, after completing his visit to the East Coast communities, rallying support for the upcoming Armenia Fund’s 9th Annual International Telethon. The Los Angeles World Affairs Council’s dinner reception will be held at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel on Thursday, November 16 at 7:30 p.m. Individuals and organizations interested in attending the event may contact the Los Angeles World Affairs Council at (213) 628-2333 or visit http://www.lawac.org/reservation.htm to register for the event. The Council hosts heads of states and high ranking government officials to speak to its members. This past summer, the Council hosted British Prime Minister Tony Blair and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. President Ghoukassian will use this opportunity to share his views on the future of Karabakh, its relations with neighboring countries, its place in the international community and the prospects for greater US-Karabakh cooperation. The President is the Guest of Honor at Armenia Fund’s Annual Gala, which will take place on November 19 at the Omni Los Angeles Hotel at the California Plaza. The event will highlight the 15th anniversary of independent Republics of Armenia and Nagorno Karabakh and as well as celebrate Armenia Fund’s mission of rebuilding the homeland since independence. Armenian jazz singer Datevik Hovanesian and her quartet will perform live during the gala. The premier sold out event is set to welcome Armenia Fund’s long time donors and supporters as well as heads of major Armenian-American organizations and churches. While in Los Angeles, President Ghoukassian is scheduled to meet with select Armenia Fund donors and supporters, as well as with the leaders of major Armenian-American organizations. The President is to appear live during Armenia Fund’s 9th Annual International Telethon. The live 12 hour television program will be held on Thanksgiving Day, November 23, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Hadrut Regional Development project which, among other projects, includes the reconstruction of a regional hospital and the purchase of 5 new ambulances, the construction of new local schools, agricultural development programs, as well as the construction of drinking water and irrigation networks.

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