»EXILE IN YEREVAN« is what the Greek press called the mission of Leonidas Chrysanthopoulos and his staff of three. For him, however, his assignment as the first ambassador of Greece to the newly independent Armenia was a golden opportunity to rebuild a friendship as old as history: this book is a lively account of that mission.
Blockaded by its neighbors Turkey and Azerbaijan, Armenia was short of what and heating oil as well as electricity. A bloody war between Azerbaijan and Armenian-populated Nagorno-Karabakh became the focal point of that power struggle. Ambassador Chrysanthopoulos reveals for the first time that external forces threatened the independence of Armenia during the failed Coup d’Etat of October 1993 in Moscow and discusses the development of European Union policy towards the region providing insights into the workings of the highest levels of the Armenian government and the thinking of the individuals running it. Ambassador Chrysanthopoulos’ account conveys the adventurous – indeed perilous – aspects of life as an ambassador as well as the diplomatic and humanitarian relief work in which he was involved.
Translation into German from English: Edit Engelmann. For this book the English and Greek language and printing rights are not available.
Leonidas Chrysanthopoulos is a career diplomat who in 1993 became the first Greek Ambassador to the newly independent Armenia where he also represented the Presidency of the European Union. He has served in Toronto, in Beijing, and in his country’s missions to the European Union in Brussels and the United Nations in New York. Like his father and grandfather before him, he was consul general of Greece in Istanbul. He has served as ambassador of his country to Poland and Canada and is currently Secretary General of the Black Sea Economic Corporation in Istanbul/Turkey.