Armenia’s Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland Arman Kirakosyan passed away today aged 63, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs informs.
“From the first day Arman Kerakosyan has been standing in the origins of newly-independent Armenia’s diplomatic service and foreign policy, and has made an invaluable contribution,” the Ministry said.
It offered condolences to Ambassador Kirakosyan’s family and “all those who mourn his death.”
President Armen Sarkissian also offered condolences over the demise of “an old friend” Arman Kirakosyan.
“Our family has lost a true friend and a brilliant person, the meeting with whom was always expected, pleasant and helpful,” the President said.
Kirakossian received his bachelor’s degree in History and Geography in 1977 and a master’s degree in History of the Armenian Question and International Diplomacy in 1980 from the Armenian State Pedagogical University. In November 1999, he earned the degree of Doctor of Sciences in History from the Institute of History of the National Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Armenia.
Before embarking on a diplomatic career at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Armenia, Dr. Arman Kirakossian held several high-level academic positions at the National Academy of Sciences. He was Project Director at the Center of Scientific Information for Social Sciences from 1980 to 1986, then Senior Fellow and Associate Director of the Armenian Diaspora Studies Department from 1990 to 1991.
From 1991 to 1994, he 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. He held the diplomatic Rank of Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary (1992).