Between May 27-June 4, AGBU President Berge Setrakian visited Armenia to attend a series of meetings and events. On May 30, President Setrakian participated in the Hayastan All-Armenian Fund’s annual Board of Trustees’ meeting. The meeting was presided over by the President of the Republic of Armenia Serzh Sargsyan, who is also Chairman of the Fund’s Board of Trustees. AGBU Central Board Member Vasken Yacoubian attended the meeting during which accomplishments and challenges were discussed. In addition, participants agreed on the target for the Fund’s 2013 Telethon. Funds raised during the annual November telethon will be used to build the 114-km Vardenis-Martakert Highway. AGBU has been a member of the Hayastan All-Armenian Fund since its inception in 1992. On the same day, Setrakian and Yacoubian attended the third meeting of the State Commission on Coordination of the Events Dedicated to the 100th Anniversary of the Armenian Gen-ocide, chaired by President Sargsyan. During the meeting, participants discussed past, current and future issues and plans. The next meeting of the commission is scheduled to take place on May 14, 2014, in Yerevan. AGBU President Setrakian is also a Member of the Board of Trustees of the American University of Armenia (AUA). Throughout the week, Setrakian and Carol Aslanian, also an AGBU Central Board Member and AUA Board of Trustees Member, participated in many events held by AUA. On May 31, a video-conference board meeting was held with Trustees in Armenia, California and elsewhere. On June 2, President Setrakian delivered the Armenian-language commencement address to AUA’s graduating class. US Ambassador John Heffern delivered the English language commencement address. Around 200 graduates received Master’s degrees in Arts, Science, Engineering, Political Science and International Affairs, Laws, Business Administration, and Public Health. Five graduates received Certificates in Translation. Other AGBU representatives attending the graduation ceremony included AGBU Central Board Member Vasken Yacoubian, AGBU Armenia Director Arpi Vartanian and Deputy Director Hovig Eordekian. Participating in the graduation ceremony was Haig Messerlian, former Chairman of the AGBU Western District Committee of America. Mr. Messerlian has been teaching at AUA for the last five years. On June 2-3, Mr. Setrakian and Mr. Yacoubian met with AGBU-Armenia staff to discuss the challenges and opportunities facing AGBU overall, and in particular, AGBU-Armenia. Prince Charles, His Royal Highness, the Prince of Wales visited Armenia on a private visit, at the invitation of the Yerevan, My Love Charity Foundation. President Setrakian attended a concert and several other events organized in honor of the Prince of Wales.

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