PRIME MINISTER TIGRAN SARKISIAN DONATES ONE MILLION DRAMS TO FUND RAISING MARATHON

/ ARKA /
May 2, 2011
YEREVAN

YEREVAN, May 2, /ARKA/. Armenian prime minister Tigran Sarkisian
donated last week one million Drams (about $2,700) to a fund raising
campaign organized by the Union of Writers of Armenia as part of the
second literary marathon called 'I am a Friend of Books.'

The tele-marathon was shown by Shant TV and was also available for
Armenians across the globe through Armenian Public TV's satellite
broadcasting.

Chairing a Cabinet session last Thursday Tigran Sarkisian urged
government members to take active part in the marathon.

"Writers asked all to take active part in this important event. I urge
heads of government departments and divisions to take active part in
it,' he said, emphasizing the event in the context of celebrating
the 500-th anniversary of printing in Armenia to be marked in 2012
and UNESCO's decision to declare Yerevan World Book Capital.

The results of the marathon will be announced on May 3 at a news
conference.

The first Armenian book was published by Hakob Meghapart in 1512 in
Venice, Italy. The book was called Urbatagirq, "Friday Book." The first
Armenian printing house in Armenia was established in Etchmiadzin in
1771.




From: A. Papazian