SINGER AZNAVOUR APPOINTED AS ARMENIAN AMBASSADOR

Reuters
May 6 2009
UK

YEREVAN (Reuters) - Armenia appointed French singer Charles Aznavour,
the child of Armenian parents, as the former Soviet republic's
ambassador to Switzerland, the office of the president said on
Wednesday.

Aznavour, 84, was born in France and established an international
singing career that still takes him around the globe.

A statement issued by the office of President Serzh Sarksyan said
Aznavour was appointed ambassador to Switzerland and Armenia's
permanent representative at the Geneva office of the United Nations
and other international organizations.

Aznavour was granted Armenian citizenship in December 2008.

In February this year, he confirmed he had agreed to join the Armenian
diplomatic service, telling Armenian television:

"At first I hesitated, because I thought that this is no easy
matter. But then I thought that in the end, what is important for
Armenia must be important for us all." (Reporting by Hasmik Lazarian,
writing by Matt Robinson)