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 August 2, 2011  Add comments

Open Letter To Ara Vardanyan And Sarkis Kotanjian


With the intention of organizing a TV debate about “Hayastan” All-Armenian Fund, based on the critical issues raised in “To Donate Or Not to Donate?”, a white paper on the Fund, I sent a private email to Ara Vardanyan, Executive Director of “Hayastan” All-Armenian Fund, and Sarkis Kotanjian, Executive Director of “Hayastan” All-Armenian Fund U.S. Western Region, on July 15, 2011. Since I have not received any reply from them, I have decided to make the letter public.

Dear Mr. Vardanyan and Mr. Kotanjian,

Based on the agreement we reached on March 7, 2011, I suggest that we decide on a date for the live TV appearance in Los Angeles to discuss the issues raised in the white paper on “Hayastan” All-Armenian Fund, “To Donate or Not to Donate?” Though you insisted on being ready to sit with me at any time and with any persons that have anything to say about the fund, I suggest that, for the sake of your logistical convenience, you pick three dates between August and October of 2011 for the live TV broadcast of the above-mentioned discussion. I will then pick one of your suggested dates, and we will embark on the organizational phase of our agreement.

The same day that I accepted your offer, a number of Armenian news agencies published my press release in regards to an upcoming TV appearance on the issues mentioned above—Ara Vardanyan, “Hayastan” All-Armenian Fund Executive Director, To Debate Fund Activities Live on TV.

Below are statements from your original comments to the third part of the white paper in question, as well as my response.


March 2nd, 2011 at 04:10

“Both I and Sarkis Kotanjian are ready at any time to sit with you on one of the Armenian Televisions and talk about all these things live. Lets see what is true and what is not.


March 2nd, 2011 at 04:52

My suggestion is in force. Any time in LA on any Arm TV LIVE with any person that has anything to say about our organization. I stand ready.


March 7th, 2011 at 14:02

After consulting with my legal counsel, I am happy to report to you that I am accepting your offer to appear live on TV with you and Sarkis Kotanjian in Los Angeles on a date to be announced. I will be in contact with you in private to discuss the particulars.


Very truly yours,
Ara K. Manoogian


Ara K. Manoogian is a human rights activist representing the Shahan Natalie Family Foundation in Artsakh and Armenia; a Fellow of the Washington-based Policy Forum Armenia (PFA); creator of and author of the white paper “To Donate Or Not to Donate”, an in-depth study on the activities of the “Hayastan” All-Armenian Fund.