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MISSION HILLS : Luncheon to Honor Armenia’s First Lady

The first lady of Armenia, Lucia Ter-Petrossian, will be the guest of honor Monday at a luncheon at the Ararat Home of Los Angeles in Mission Hills.

Ter-Petrossian asked that the event be organized to thank members of the local Armenian community who contributed money and goods after the devastating 1988 earthquake in Armenia, said Bob Shamlian, a trustee of the Ararat home, which caters mostly to Armenian retirees.

Ter-Petrossian and her husband, Levon Ter-Petrossian, president of the Armenian republic, are touring the United States in an effort to raise money for food and fuel for their landlocked country.

Shamlian said Armenia has suffered badly since neighboring Azerbaijan cut off road and train access in a dispute with one of its provinces that is heavily Armenian and is trying to break away.

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Armenian factories are shut down “because there’s no electricity in the country,” he said.

Shamlian said proceeds from the $20-a-head luncheon will be used to train nurses in Armenia.


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