Ambassador Richard Mills, Jr. Remarks at swearing in of Peace Corps Volunteers

Thank you. It is always an honor to join Peace Corps Armenia as we swear in a new group of volunteers. I find it a personal pleasure to see so many of my fellow Americans eager to work alongside our Armenian partners, building a strong future for Armenia through their work and developing the personal ...
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Career and Job Fair launched with the support of U.S. Embassy

To cap off a busy Global Entrepreneurship Week, the U.S. Embassy in Yerevan, together with Haykuhi Gevorkyan of Career Lab and Araksia Martirosyan of International Academy of Business, connected job recruiters with job seekers at a career and entrepreneurship fair at the Marriott Hotel in Yerevan. The fair offered workshops on resume writing, panel discussions ...
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Ambassador Mills opens U.S. government-funded Areni Cave preservation project

In the hills, just down the road from the Noravank Monastery, is a cave known as Areni-1.  At first glance, it would be easy to miss.  But as archeologists worked in the cave they found some important items, such as the earliest-known human shoe and the earliest winery.  This speaks to our shared human heritage, ...
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U.S. Embassy Launches “America on the Road” Tour

The U.S. Embassy is hitting the road for two weeks in July to connect with Armenians across the country and to showcase the many areas of enduring partnership and shared interests between Armenia and the United States.  The “America on the Road” tour is the centerpiece of our year-long commemoration of the 25th anniversary of ...
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U.S. Embassy brings U.S. and Armenian companies together to develop renewable energy

The future of energy is renewable. And it is a future that Armenia can take advantage of, for its pocketbook today and for future generations as well. That was the message of a day-long conference organized by the U.S. Embassy in Yerevan, in partnership with the Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources and the firm ...
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Ambassador Richard E. Hoagland will assume the position of U.S. Co-Chair of the OSCE Minsk Group

Ambassador Richard E. Hoagland will assume the position of U.S. Co-Chair of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Minsk Group on an interim basis starting in January 2017. He replaces Ambassador James B. Warlick, who will step down on December 31. Ambassador Hoagland brings over 30 years of diplomatic experience to the ...
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The USAID Tax Reform Project Marks Completion, Leaves Behind a “Revolutionary Partnership”

Yerevan, Armenia – For the past four years USAID has been working with the Ministry of Finance to transform Armenia’s tax regulations and the administration of the tax code to ensure increased transparency. USAID’s Tax Reform Project, started in 2012 to help modernize Armenia’s tax collection infrastructure to offer better and more efficient services to ...
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Opinion Piece by Ambassador Richard M. Mills, Jr. on the Occasion of International Human Rights Day

On this day in 1948, the UN General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, a landmark document that spelled out for the first time those fundamental human rights that deserve  protection in every country, by every government. Despite the enormous progress that has been achieved in the 68 years since the declaration was ...
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Ambassador Richard Mills’ Remarks at U.S. Business Briefing

Minister Minasyan, distinguished representatives of international financial institutions and U.S. corporations, and our Armenian guests. It is a pleasure for me to join you today.  As you may know, the first priority of my ambassadorship in Armenia is to deepen business and trade relations between our two countries. So it is encouraging for me to ...
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Remarks at Opening of Ministry of Health’s Tavush Regional Laboratory of the National Center of Disease Control and Prevention

Minister Muradyan, valued partners and guests; it is my pleasure to be here today with you to celebrate the opening of the Ministry of Health’s Tavush regional laboratory of the National Center of Disease Control and Prevention. Today is a special day.  Today a commitment by both governments to make Armenia safer and more secure ...
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Ambassador’s Remarks at Women of Courage Award Ceremony

Your Excellencies, Friends, Ms. Sukhudyan: It’s wonderful to see all of you here tonight. And I thank you for joining us on this special evening. The very first thing that I’d like to say is: Please join me in congratulating all the women in attendance on the occasion of International Women’s Day! Tonight’s event is ...
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Remarks at the Trndez Festival

Governor Sahakyan, Deputy Governor Movsisyan, Mr. Mayor, National Institute of Education Director Karen Simonyan, Principal Shukhyan, Peace Corps Country Director Charles Enciso, Faculty and Students of Proshyan School, I am delighted to be here today for two reasons. First, to celebrate with you all the centuries-old festival of Te-ren-dez. And second, to see also the ...
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Foreign Policy Remarks at the Yerevan School of Political Studies

Thank you for your warm welcome, and for inviting me to join you today.  You may have heard that one of my top priorities as the U.S. Ambassador to Armenia is to do my best to make sure that Armenians of all backgrounds have the opportunity to better understand U.S. foreign policy.  For that reason, ...
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Ambassador Richard Mills Remarks at the Appreciation Ceremony for the Kansas National Guard

Thank you for that warm welcome. First Deputy Minister Terteryan, First Deputy Minister Tonoyan, Deputy Minister Baghdasaryan, and distinguished guests, it is an honor to join you here this afternoon to celebrate the completion of not just one, but three renovation projects by the Kansas National Guard.  The first is the renovation of the Operations ...
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Ambassador Richard Mills’ Remarks on the occasion of U.S. Independence Day

Prime Minister Abrahamyan, Foreign Minister Nalbandian, Deputy Prime Minister Gabrielyan, other ministers, fellow diplomatic colleagues, and good friends thank you for joining us from all over Armenia this evening as we celebrate the 239th anniversary of the independence of the United States of America.  You honor us with your presence at this event that also ...
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Ambassador Richard Mills’ Remarks marking World Intellectual Property Day Microsoft Innovation Center, Yerevan

“Bari or bolorin” (Good day everyone). I am pleased to join you all here today at this wonderful facility.  The Microsoft Innovation Center is a true public/private partnership between USAID, Microsoft and the Government of Armenia. The MIC in Armenia represents the ideal model of a public-private partnership, uniting a multinational corporation, governments, an educational ...
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Ambassador Heffern’s address to mission employees

Award Ceremony (as prepared) Thanks, Amanda, and thanks to everyone for joining us for this event. Embassy Yerevan has a first rate team – in every section, in every way. The place always looks great.  Our visitors always have smooth and productive visits.  We are succeeding in pushing our message domestically and regionally in many ...
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Ambassador’s Remarks on the U.S.-Armenian Relationship: The Next Twenty Years (as prepared)

John A. Heffern, U.S. Ambassador to Armenia April 2, 2012 Hrazdan Hotel Yerevan, Armenia   Thanks to the Hrazdan Hotel for hosting us here today to talk about U.S.-Armenian relations.  We chose this location for a specific reason.  Twenty years ago, in February 1992, the United States opened its first Embassy in four rooms up ...
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Ambassador Heffern’s speech at AUA (As prepared)

Thank you, it’s great to be at the American University of Armenia to talk about U.S.-Armenia relations. Twentieth Anniversary February 2012 was a very important month for us.  It was the 20th anniversary of the establishment of the U.S. Embassy here in Yerevan.  We are celebrating the 20th anniversary of our partnership with Armenia.  Bilateral ...
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U.S. Independence Day Remarks by Ambassador Marie L. Yovanovitch

Chairman Abrahamian, Friends: Thank you for joining us to celebrate the birthday of the United States of America. July 4th is not for a few weeks, but the legacy of America’s independence is worth celebrating every day of the year. On Independence Day, Americans reconnect with family, friends and community, remember our history, and renew our ...
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Ambassador’s Remarks at World Press Freedom Day Concert and Reception

Tonight we celebrate your work and the work of journalists around the world and reflect upon one of the core values of every democracy: freedom of expression.  Freedom of expression, for members of the media and citizens alike, is a universal human right and the cornerstone of a democratic society. Governments must protect the right ...
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Ambassador’s Remarks at Ombudsman Andreasian’s “Media Forum 1”

Media freedom is one of the cornerstones of liberty. Without freedom of the press, countries simply cannot achieve their full economic and democratic potential.  Indeed, freedom of media, and its corollary, the freedom of expression, underlie many other freedoms essential to democracy: the freedoms of conscience, of assembly, of religion, and of choosing one’s government. ...
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Ambassador’s Remarks at Counterpart International’s CIVICUS Presentation

Honorable guests, ladies and gentlemen: Good Morning. I congratulate Counterpart International and all Civicus’ implementing partners for developing the Armenia case study of the 2010 Civil Society Index. The cooperation undertaken for its production was exemplary, involving civil society organizations, representatives of the international community, numerous government agencies, academia, media and the business community – ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Yovanovitch | 2010 Armenian-American Diaspora Tour

Good evening. Thank you very much for coming this evening. Tonight, I’m seeing some old friends, and I hope that I’ll have the opportunity to meet more of you later tonight. This evening, I’d like to update you on our work to strengthen the U.S.-Armenia partnership.  I also want to talk about some of the ...
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Ambassador’s Remarks at 9/11 Commemoration Event

Governor, Mayor Babayan, Ladies and Gentlemen, Thank you. And thank you all for gathering together at this lovely memorial to honor the lives of those who were taken from us on September 11, 2001 in New York City, Washington, DC and Pennsylvania. Nine years ago, in the wake of devastating acts of terrorism, brave firefighters, ...
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Remarks on the Completion of Noratus Medieval Cemetery Preservation Project

Barev Dzez.  Minister, Governor, Mayor, Tim, other distinguished guests and donors.  I am delighted to be with you today to announce the completion of the Noratus Medieval Cemetery preservation project. We gather today at an ancient site that is home to the largest collection of cross stones in the world.  It has been an honor, ...
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Ambassador’s Speech at the Peace Corps Swearing-In Ceremony

I am honored to participate in the Swearing-in Ceremony of the 18th group of volunteers ready to serve Peace Corps Armenia. Forty-eight years ago, the man who created the Peace Corps, President John F. Kennedy, called Peace Corps Volunteers:  Our Ambassadors of Peace.  Ambassadors who would go forth and help the people of other countries ...
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Ambassador’s Remarks Welcoming Sports Envoys

Bari yereko Minister Petrosyan hargeli teeknike yev paronike (Good evening ladies and gentlemen).  Distinguished guests. I am pleased to welcome you to my home this evening to meet Amber Stackhouse and Erin Comstock, two talented professional American snowboarders and sports filmmakers, and now, U.S. Department of State “Sports Envoys.” Working with national sports leagues and ...
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Ambassador’s Remarks at Peace Corps Volunteer Award Ceremony

Peace Corps Week commemorates the week that John F. Kennedy outlined his idea for a program that would send thousands of young Americans overseas.  Less than a year later the first Peace Corps Volunteers were sent to Ghana and Nigeria.  Peace Corps week is not just a week to celebrate the accomplishments of Peace Corps ...
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Handover Ceremony of the Combined Heat and Power (CHP) Unit

Deputy Minister Hakobyan, Mr. Babloyan, partners, ladies and gentlemen. I am pleased to be here today to mark the handover of the USAID-funded Combined Heat and Power equipment to the Arabkir Medical Center.  For over a decade, the U.S. Government has been assisting Armenia to restructure its energy sector and put it onto a sustainable ...
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“Redefining American Democracy” Winter School

Media freedom is one of the cornerstones of liberty. Without freedom of the press, countries simply cannot achieve their full economic and democratic potential.  Indeed, freedom of media, and its corollary, the freedom of expression, underlie many other freedoms essential to democracy: the freedoms of conscience, of assembly, of religion, and of choosing one’s government. ...
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Remarks for Opening Ceremony of Harvard Black Sea Security Conference

Good morning. I would like to welcome Deputy Minister of Defense Nazaryan, Dr. Boghdasarian, General Kotanjian, Dr. Konoplyov, Mr. Mkrtchyan, excellencies and participants. I would especially like to welcome those of you here to Armenia, who may be making your first visit to this country. As some of you may know, I myself have only ...
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Ambassador’s Remarks to Armenian Diaspora in U.S.

Barev Dzez. Bari Yereko Good Evening. Thank you for your warm welcome. In so many ways, the Armenian-American community represents the foundation and the strength of our bilateral partnership with Armenia, so I´d like to thank the organizers for making it possible for me to be here tonight. One of the many joys of being in Armenia is ...
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U.S. Assistance to Armenia 2010

In response to news reports carried recently by several media outlets regarding assistance from the United States for Armenia, I would like to inform you of the following: Since international assistance to Armenia began over twenty years ago with the relief effort following the 1988 earthquake, the U.S. government has provided almost two billion dollars ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Marie L. Yovanovitch at World Press Freedom Day Event

Yesterday, on May 3, the international community celebrated World Press Freedom Day. Every year on this important occasion, the United States recognizes the essential contribution of a free press to the institution of democracy, and honors the sacrifices of those who are working to establish an independent media in Armenia and throughout the world. Freedom ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Marie L. Yovanovitch at AAA International Youth Seminar

Thank you, Tevan. Head of NATO Division of the MFA, Mr. Isaraelyan, Ambassador Lonsdale, members of the South Caucasus Youth Forum. The title of your seminar is “NATO at 60, a New Start” and, coincidentally, it was only a few days ago that our new Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, called for a “fresh start” ...
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Reception in Honor of Martin Luther King Jr., and Mikhail Danielyan

Thank you all for joining me tonight during this inspiring and historic week. On Monday, we celebrated the birthday of Martin Luther King Jr., who committed – and ultimately gave — his life to the struggle for justice, racial equality and human rights. On the same day, we remembered with sadness, the second anniversary of ...
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