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2009-02 Int. Alumni Switzerland

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2009-02 Int. Alumni Switzerland

International Alumni Meeting in Switzerland
Melkonian Alumni call for AGBU to reopen Melkonian School

Seated from L-R: Raffi Zinzalian  (USA),Taline Avakian (Switzerland) Dr. Haroutune Zadikian (Lebanon), Ara Koolian (Canada).
Standing from L-R:  Zohrab Shamassian (USA), Arden Sellefyan (Switzerland) Seta Saraydarian (Switzerland) Raffi Bedikian (Germany) Dr. Harout Mesrobian (USA) Karnig Derderian (England), Masis Der Partogh (Cyprus).

Seated L to R :    Masis Der Partogh (Cyprus), Zohrab Shamassian (USA),Taline Avakian (Switzerland),Nazareth Sirmakes (Switzerland)Sylvia Serabian-Knajian (Belgium)
Standing fromL to R:    Dr. Harout Mesrobian (USA), Ara Koolian (Canada), Dr. Haroutune Zadikian (Lebanon), Vartan Sirmakes (Switzerland),Arden sellefyan (Switzerland),Raffi Zinzalian (UA), Vartkes Knajian Belgium)
Establish Central Coordinating Committee

GENEVA, FEB. 25, 2009 – Representatives of the worldwide Melkonian Alumni Associations met in Geneva and reiterated their determination and belief that the historic Melkonian Educational Institute must reopen in its present location in Cyprus as a centre of learning to serve all the Armenians of the European Union and nearby regions.

The Alumni Associations appeal to all Armenians who believe in the necessity of the preservation of the Armenian language, culture and history to join these efforts through active participation in the ongoing campaign.

The Alumni Associations around the world also appeal to the AGBU Central Board to reconsider its decision and allow for the school to reopen for which reason the Melkonian Alumni Associations worldwide pledge their support to cooperate in this direction.

The meeting of Alumni Association representatives also decided to establish a Central Coordinating Committee in order to reach these goals.

Melkonian Alumni Press Coordinator
Los Angeles, California USA