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Aznavour Named Armenian Ambassador To Switzerland


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Charles Aznavour, the world-famous French singer of Armenian descent, has been appointed as Armenia’s ambassador to Switzerland, President Serzh Sarkisian’s office announced on Wednesday.

It said Aznavour, 84, will also represent his ancestral homeland at the Geneva offices of the United Nations and other international organizations.

Aznavour revealed in February he has been offered to take up the vacant diplomatic positions but has decided not to swap the stage for a diplomatic career. “If don’t like a decision taken by the Armenian government I will feel bad,” he explained in an interview with the Spanish newspaper “El Pais.” “I can’t lose my freedom for an honorable post.”

Still, the Swiss-based crooner told Armenian state television days later that he has changed his mind. “At first I hesitated, because I thought that this is no easy matter,” he said. “But then I thought that in the end, what is important for Armenia must be important for all of us.”

Aznavour was granted Armenian citizenship in December. He had previously received Armenia’s highest state award, the title of “national hero,” and had a square in downtown Yerevan named after him.

Aznavour has long been one of the most renowned members of France’s large Armenian community. He was at the forefront of the community’s efforts to help victims of the catastrophic 1988 earthquake that devastated much of northern Armenia.
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