STEPANAKERT (Armenpress)–Nagorno-Karabakh Republic president Arkady Ghoukassian arrived in New York and began his US tour Tuesday, which will culminate with his participation in the Armenian Fund telethon on Thanksgiving Day. Ghoukassian left for the US on Saturday. His press office reported that he will hold a series of meeting with leaders of the Armenian communities in Eastern and Western US. He is scheduled to hold several community forums and brief the Armenian-American community on economic and political developmen’s in Karabakh. On Thanksgiving Day, November 23, Armenia Fund will air its 9th Annual International Telethon. This year’s telethon will highlight the organization’s 15 years of achievemen’s as well as celebrate the 15th Anniversary of the Independence of the Republic of Armenia. Since 1991, Armenia Fund has rendered more than $160 million in short term humanitarian aid as well as long term infrastructure development project. The organization was instrumental for urgently facilitating the critical energy needs of the fledgling Armenian republic in from 1991 to 1994. In addition to its relief aid, the organization has constructed major infrastructure that includes rural roads and highways, drinking water and irrigation networks, healthcare facilities, schools, and cultural and historical projects’ rehabilitation. Proceeds from Telethon 2006 will benefit the war torn region of Hadrut in Nagorno Karabakh. Among various major projects, the plan calls for the reconstruction of a regional hospital, a series of new schools, new water pipelines and distribution networks, as well a comprehensive regional agricultural development program all designed to enhance the socio-economic standards of the region. The plan will draw parallels to the Martakert Regional Development plan, which is currently underway, after months of planning and fund collection.