PARIS — The Pan-European Phoneton organized under the framework of the Hayastan All-Armenian Fund’s Telethon 2013 raised €1.460 million. The Phoneton was held on November 21-24 in France. The pledged amount is 40,000 euros more than last year.

“The funds donated by the Armenian community of France will be used to continue the construction of community centers in Nagorno-Karabakh and to assist Syrian Armenians. Part of the amount will be used to stimulate agriculture in Armenia’s region of Tavush region,” the Fund said in a statement.

On November 21st, Nagorno Karabakh Republic Bako Sahakyan visited the head office of the European Phonethon to help in the campaign.

President Sahakyan expressed his gratitude to the whole staff of the France office of the “Hayastan” all-Armenian Fund, headed by director of the Fund’s local body in France Bedros Terzian, to all the volunteers, directly involved in the Phonethon, underlining that the Armenians of Europe always stood by Artsakh, supporting our republic in every possible way.

The Phonethon was held ahead of the annual telethon which is usually conducted on November 28 in the USA. The proceeds from this year’s telethon will be used to complete the construction of the strategically important road stretching from Armenian Vardenis to Nagorno-Karabakh’s Martakert. The road is 72 miles long and is expected to directly benefit 30 villages along its way. The project is expected to cost $30 million.

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