AGBU PRESS OFFICE
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PRESS RELEASE
Monday, August 30, 2004

AGBU TO HOLD 83rd WORLD CONFERENCE IN ARMENIA
PLANS AMBITIOUS AGENDA

New York, NY - AGBU leaders, members and friends worldwide will come
together this October in their ancestral homeland on the occasion of
AGBU's 83rd Biennial General Assembly to review current programs,
exchange ideas and discuss new initiatives.

Beginning with a welcoming dinner on October 1st, AGBU members and
guests can expect a full agenda with meetings and site visits
throughout the week. Conference sessions will include an opening
ceremony with government officials; the General Assembly;
Chapter-specific meetings; and panel discussions. A unique program and
a series of events are planned for AGBU Young Professionals, who will
also be in attendance.

In addition, conference participants will have the opportunity to
visit AGBU-funded projects, such as the Children's Centers, the Soup
Kitchens, the American University of Armenia, the Ultrasound Center,
the Vaskenian Seminary, as well as enjoy performances of the Armenian
Philharmonic Orchestra and a production of Armenia State Opera's
"Anush" sponsored by the AGBU. A two-day visit to Nagorno Karabakh is
also scheduled.

"As we approach our centennial anniversary, it is with great
enthusiasm that I look forward to welcoming our membership to our 83rd
General Assembly and World Conference in Armenia," said AGBU President
Berge Setrakian. "It is only fitting that we convene in Yerevan to
review our programs and activities across the globe as we look to the
future," Setrakian continued.

The conference will take place in Yerevan, Armenia from October
1-7. The Karabakh trip is scheduled for October 7-9. With over 250
people registered, hotels and flights are filling up fast. For more
information or to register, please call the AGBU Central Office at
(212) 319-6383 or contact Maral Achian at [email protected]

AGBU (www.agbu.org) is the largest international, non-profit Armenian
organization in the world, and is dedicated to preserving and
promoting the Armenian heritage and culture through humanitarian,
educational, cultural and social programs that serve some 400,000
Armenians annually.