LOS ANGELES – On September 6, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Armenia appointed Dr. Armen Baibourtian as its Consul-General in Los Angeles. He served in this post in the mid-1990s.
From 2014, Baibourtian taught at the Department of Political Science of the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, and most recently taught online while living in Glendale, Calif. He served as Director of Administration of the Eastern Diocese of the Armenian Church of America in New York from January 2016 to July 2017.
Previously, he was the Senior Adviser to the United Nations Resident Coordinator and the UNDP Resident Representative in Armenia from 2008 to 2013. He twice served as the Armenian Deputy Foreign Minister between 1997 and 2000 and from 2004 until 2008 with portfolios in International Organizations, America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Africa and Legal Issues. He resigned from the Foreign Ministry in the wake of the crackdown on supporters of former Armenian president Levon Ter-Petrosyan after the March 1, 2008 events.
Baibourtian was the Co-chairman of the Security Dialogue with the USA between 1998 and 1999. In the capacity of Chief Negotiator with the European Union, he led negotiations with the European Commission on the European Neighborhood Policy in 2005 – 2006. Dr. Baibourtian was Armenia’s first Consul General in Los Angeles from 1995 until 1997 and later as its first Ambassador to India, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Indonesia from 2000 until 2004. He also worked as Deputy Permanent Representative of Armenia to the UN in New York where he focused on international security and conflict resolution issues.