$1.7 million raised for Hai Dat activities

28.02.2005 15:25

YEREVAN (YERKIR) - Over 180 Armenians from Armenia, Russia, Middle
East and Europe attended the banquet on February 26 in Paris to donate
funds for the Armenian Revolutionary Federation (ARF) Bureau's Hai
Dat activities.

As reported by the ARF press service, about $1.7 million was raised
and the donations continue. Cilicia Catholicos Aram I, ARF Bureau
representative Hrant Margarian, Armenian ministers, religious leaders,
politicians and public figures were among the participants.

Henry Papazian, the chairman of the organizing committee informed
that the keynote speaker, Armenian Foreign Minister Vardan Oskanian
could not participate in the event due to health problems.

ARF Western Europe Central Committee representative Murad Papazian,
European Armenian Federation for Justice chairperson Hilda Choboian,
ARF Bureau representative Hrant Margarian took turns to speak on the
work completed.

Later in the day, Hrair Soghomonian read out the names of the
contributors and the sums they had donated; $555,000 were donated
from Armenia and Russia, $325,000 from Lebanon, $150,000 from Iran,
$200,000 from the Persian Golf Arab countries. There were also
donations from the UK, France, Belgium, Greece and other countries.