On October 15, 2014 during a special two-day visit to Brussels, members of the Armenian Relief Society (ARS) Central Executive Board, Mrs. Vicky Marachelian, Chairperson, and Mrs. Liza Avakian, Adviser, attended a meeting with representatives of the Armenian National Committee of Belgium, ARS supporters, Homenetmen (HMEM), Hamazkayin, Armenian Youth Organization offices, and author Anna Astvatsaturian Turcotte, in the presence of Mr. Ashot Ghulyan, Speaker of the Nagorno Karabakh Republic – Artsakh National Assembly.

In the course of his enlightening tour to the Armenian-American communities of the United States, on Wednesday, October 22, 2014, the Prelate of Syria’s Armenian Prelacy, His Eminence Archbishop Shahan Sarkisian, visited the international office of the Armenian Relief Society, Inc. During the visit, Archbishop Sarkisian met with both the ARS Central and Regional Executive Board members. He was accompanied by the Prelate of the Eastern Prelacy of the Armenian Apostolic Church of America, His Eminence Archbishop Oshagan Choloyan.

On October 18-19, 2014, the ARS Second Inter-Executive Meeting took place in London’s “Navasartian” Armenian Center, organized jointly by the Armenian Relief Society (ARS) Central Executive Board (CEB) and Great Britain’s ARS Chapter. The meeting took place with the participation of the ARS/Great Britain, France, Stockholm, Cyprus, Bulgaria and Lebanon regional and membership representatives, as well as members of the ARS Central Executive Board and representatives of ARF/England.

The Armenian Relief Society, Inc. (ARS), an international humanitarian Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) strongly advocating for human rights and social justice as a member of the United Nations (UN), strongly condemns the deliberate destruction of the Church of the Holy Martyrs, the Armenian Genocide Memorial Church, in Der Zor, Syria. In yet another brutal act of violence backed by the Turkish government, on the eve of the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), bombed the church built to honor the memory of those who died during the 1915 Armenian Genocide.

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Despite the dire socio-economic conditions in Aleppo, Syria, and specifically in the Nor Kiugh suburb, the ARS/Syria has been able to continue its mission of implementing humanitarian assistance to the needy thanks to the support of the Armenian Relief Society, Inc. Central Executive Board and ARS entities worldwide.

The Armenian Relief Society, Inc. Fourth International Cruise took place from July 3 to 15, 2014 with over 230 passengers on board, including members and supporters of the ARS.

On Thursday, July 17, 2014, representatives of the Armenian Relief Society, Inc. met with the Republic of Armenia’s newly appointed permanent representative to the United Nations (UN), Ambassador Zohrab Mnatsakanyan in New York City. Present at the meeting were ARS, Inc. Executive Director, Lala Demirdjian- Attarian, UN Committee chair, Valentine Berberian, UN coordinator, Houry Guedelekian, and UN badgeholder Linda Tarzian..

The Central Executive Board of the Armenian Relief Society condemns, in no uncertain terms, the on-going, indiscriminate shelling of Aleppo’s Armenian-populated Nor Kiugh suburb since June 1.

The opening of the newly renovated ARS, Inc. Central office took place in Boston in March 2014, in the presence of all eleven members of the Armenian Relief Society’s Central Executive Board and the Central office staff.


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