armenia and diaspora have no disagreements over genocide issue Minister Of Diaspora: Armenia And Diaspora Have No Disagreements Over Genocide IssueBy Vigen Margaryan

YEREVAN, January 19 — Minister of Diaspora of the Republic of Armenia Hranush Hakobyan said during a press conference on January 18 that there are no disagreements between Armenia and Diaspora over the Armenian Genocide issue.

According to Hranush Hakobyan, Armenia will continue joint work and exert efforts for the international recognition of the Armenian Genocide.

The Minister welcomed the debates on the Armenian Genocide in the French Senate scheduled for January 23. She also noted that the Minister of Diaspora has fulfilled the task on setting up commission to prepare events dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide.

During the meeting Hranush Hakobyan also spoke about the tasks of 2012 adding that all old programs will be continued and new projects will be initiated.

As noted, together with the Yerevan State University a summer school for the representatives of the Diaspora will open in Yerevan.

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iraqi armenian youth representatives to visit armenia in 2012 Iraqi Armenian Youth Representatives To Visit Armenia In 2012By Adonia Agayan

YEREVAN, November 11 — “The representatives of the Iraqi-Armenian youth will visit their historical homeland within the framework of the “Ari Tun” (Come Home) program,” the press office of the Ministry of Diaspora of the Republic of Armenia reports.

This agreement was reached yesterday during a meeting held in Yerevan between Diaspora Minister Hranush Hakobyan and the Head of Iraq Diocese of the Armenian Apostolic Church, Archbishop Avag Asaturyan.

During the meeting the Archbishop said that from the beginning of this year Armenian language classes were organized in one of public schools in Erbil, one of largest cities in Iraq. 44 students from the entire region attended the class.

“In future we are planning to organize Armenian language classes in other regions as well,” he said.

In her turn Hranush Hakobyan introduced programs implemented by the Diaspora Ministry. She basically introduced those programs, which are aimed at the integration of Iraqi-Armenians living in the Republic of Armenia.

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By Eva Sahakyan

bako sahakian and hranush hakobian meet in stepanakert Artsakh Diaspora Relations Discussed in Stepanakert

Bako Sahakian, left, and Hranush Hakobian

YEREVAN, October 15 — On October 14 the President of the Nagorno Karabakh Republic (Artsakh) Bako Sahakian and the Armenian Minister of Diaspora Hranush Hakobian met in Stepanakert and discussed various issues concerning current Homeland-Diaspora relations and their development.

The meeting was held on the sidelines of the fifth Pan-Armenian Forum of Journalists and Mass Media in Stepanakert, which will conclude on Saturday. The conference was organized by the Armenian Ministry of Diaspora, All Armenian Mass Media Association and the Union of Journalists of Armenia. About 200 journalists from 27 different countries have been attending the conference in Stepanakert.

Sahakian stressed the importance of the conference and said that organizing it in Artsakh was a great contribution in strengthening Armenia-Artsakh-Diaspora relations.

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Hayastan Fund Brazilian Affiliate of Hayastan Fund Sponsors Reconstruction Project at Nork Marash HospitalYEREVAN (Public Radio of Armenia), March 9–The Brazilian affiliate of the Hayastan All-Armenian Fund continues to support major renovations at Yerevan’s Nork-Marash Infectious Diseases Hospital. The latest project benefiting the facility, the sixth such initiative sponsored by the Brazilian affiliate, will result in the reconstruction of the hospital’s Pediatric and Adolescent Infections departments.

Currently under way, the project was announced by Brazilian-affiliate chairman Ochin Leon Mosditchian in October 2009, during his working visit to Yerevan with a Brazilian-Armenian delegation.

“This is not the first time when a benefactor finances several additional projects following the realization of an initial undertaking,” said Ara Vardanyan, executive director of the Hayastan All-Armenian Fund, commenting on the Brazilian-Armenian community’s consistent support of Nork-Marash Hospital.

“Commitment of this level ensures that issues faced by a given beneficiary are solved in a comprehensive manner,” Vardanyan added. “The continued support of sponsors such as the Armenian-Brazilian community is a testament to the effectiveness of the Hayastan All-Armenian Fund as well as the confidence it inspires among donors.”

Since 2005, the fund has implemented a string of extensive projects at Nork-Marash Hospital. They include the reconstruction of the Intensive Care Unit, Intestinal Infections Department, and Infectious Diseases Department, the installation of a new roof on one of the hospital’s two main wings, the installation of a heating system, and the construction of a boiler room.

“Without a doubt, these major renovations and upgrades have significantly improved the general quality of our medical services as well as our patients’ sense of well-being,” said Dr. Ara Asoyan, chief physician at Nork-Marash Hospital. “Today our vastly enhanced facility enables us to provide top-notch care and makes us far better prepared to deal with epidemics.”

According to Dr. Asoyan, close to 7,200 patients (including 2,350 outpatients) have received care at the hospital’s renovated departments during 2009.

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