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The Armenian Assembly of America presented on Monday a $100,000 check to the Marshall Legacy Institute (MLI) to procure mine detection dogs for use in Armenia. The donation was the result of an Assembly-driven effort in the Armenian-American community. It followed a U.S. State Department offer to contribute an initial $300,000 if the community contributed the remaining $100,000 to launch the program.

“The Armenian-American community, led by Life Trustee Gerard L. Cafesjian and Washington-area supporter and Associate Trustee Greg Parseghian and his wife Christine, a former intern, enthusiastically supported this innovative program which will save lives in Armenia and return land to productive use and they were eager to see it launched,” said Jamian. “The Assembly is delighted to have played a leadership role in raising the required funds for this important de-mining initiative.”

Armenia’s Ambassador to the United States His Excellency Dr. Arman Kirakossian welcomed the invited guests and expressed his gratitude to the three partners in the mine dog detection program. The Ambassador said the program would save lives and at the same time, was symbolic of the strong U.S.-Armenia relationship. He called the Assembly “one of the most prominent and professional Armenia-American organizations and praised its can do” attitude in seeking a better future for Armenia.”

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