WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Armenian Assembly of America (Assembly) mourns the passing of one of Armenia’s preeminent diplomats and a longtime scholar, The Honorable Arman Kirakossian.
“We were saddened to hear the painful loss of Ambassador Arman Kirakossian. We recall his impressive career, from his scholarly works to his numerous diplomatic assignments, especially when he was stationed in Washington, D.C. He will be missed greatly by Armenians around the world,” Assembly Co-Chairs Anthony Barsamian and Van Krikorian stated. “On behalf of the Armenian Assembly of America, we extend our condolences to his family and to Armenia’s Foreign Ministry.”
From 1991 to 1994, Dr. Arman Kirakossian held the post of First Deputy Foreign Minister, and, from October 1992 to February 1993, served as Acting Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Armenia. From 1994 to 1999, Kirakossian was Armenia’s Ambassador to Greece, with representation to Cyprus, Slovenia, Croatia, Albania, and the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia. Kirakossian served as Armenian Ambassador to the United States from 1999 to 2005. He was also Permanent Observer of the Republic of Armenia to the Organization of American States (OAS) from 2001. In the course of his long career, he conducted several critical negotiations on behalf of his country.
He authored more than 120 publications, including many books. In 2004, Armenian National Institute (ANI) Director Dr. Rouben Adalian’s blurb for Dr. Kirakossian’s book titled “The Armenian Massacres 1894-1896: U.S. Media Testimony” reads in part: “This compilation of published reports from that era reminds us of the extent of those precursor atrocities and the public indignation registered in the United States. Kirakossian persuasively traces American interest in the Armenian Question to these critical years at the end of the nineteenth century. This is an important contribution to the growing scholarly appreciation and documentation of the long, but little studied, history of relations between the American and Armenian peoples.”
In 2005 he was appointed again as Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Armenia. Kirakossian assumed his role as Ambassador to Austria and the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) in 2011. Since November 2018 he was Ambassador to United Kingdom.
“Like his father John Kirakossian, who was a courageous Minister of Foreign Affairs of Soviet Armenia, Ambassador Arman Kirakossian was a great diplomat and his passing is a big loss for the Republic of Armenia,” the Assembly Co-Chairs added.
Established in 1972, the Armenian Assembly of America is the largest Washington-based nationwide organization promoting public understanding and awareness of Armenian issues. The Assembly is a non-partisan, 501(c)(3) tax-exempt membership organization.