YEREVAN (Combined Sources) — Ambassador Dr. Arman Kirakossian, Armenia’s representative to the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland, died in London on July 6 after a lengthy illness. He was 63.
His funeral took place in Yerevan on July 12 at St. Sargis Church, followed by a farewell ceremony at the Pantheon on July 13.
President Armen Sarkissian signed a decree on posthumously awarding Kirakossian the Order of Honor for his dedicated diplomatic service. The president handed over the Order to Kirakossian’s family on July 23. (see Armenian-language video below)
“It seems Arman should have received this Order years ago, but I think it is never late because Arman Kirakossian’s life will continue, and our appreciation to his activity as a scientist and diplomat, as a person, will continue. And not only today, in the future as well we will gather to appreciate the bright life of our friend and colleague,” Sarkissian said. The ceremony of handing the Order was also attended by Armenian Foreign Minister Zohrab Mnatsakanyan, representatives of diplomatic service, historians and the friends of late Ambassador.
Sarkissian participated at the farewell ceremony for his old friend, as did Prime Minister Nikol Pasyinyan. Mnatsakanyan, Defense Minister Davit Tonoyan, Minister of Finance Atom Janjughazyan and a number of incumbent and former officials also came to honor the memory of the diplomat. Mnatsakanyan told the reporters that he personally knew Kirakossian and his loss is also a great for the diplomatic field of Armenia.
In addition, Sir Alan Duncan, Minister of State of UK for Europe and the Americas at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, offered his condolences over the death of Kirakossian.