NEW YORK — On Monday, September 14, a reception was held at the Diocesan Center to welcome Garen Nazarian, the new representative of Armenia to the United Nations (UN).
Organized by the Eastern Diocese and the Fund for Armenian Relief, the evening was attended by some 150 people, who gathered to meet Nazarian and to hear him speak about his delegation’s goals at the UN.
Archbishop Khajag Barsamian, Primate of the Diocese of the Armenian Church of America (Eastern), called Nazarian “especially well-practiced in the arena of international organizations, having served as Armenia’s UN ambassador in Geneva, Switzerland, and on several influential international bodies.”
Barsamian also noted Nazarian’s “ability to stand on principle, as well as his eagerness to engage others and seek common ground.”
Acknowledging that he assumes his position at a critical moment in history, Nazarian said the Nagorno Karabagh peace process and Armenia-Turkey relations will be two central issues for Armenia’s UN mission.
He stressed that the delegation would treat each matter independently, and would work toward both the continuation of Nagorno-Karabagh negotiations and the normalization of relations with Turkey.