17:12 30/08/06

An international seminar on recovery of historical monuments kicked
off at the Union of Architectures organized by the Union, Yerevan
State University History Department and supported by the Italian
Embassy. Top officials of the ministry of culture and youth affairs
assured that monuments are massively recovered in the country. In
the words of Gagik Giurjyan, deputy minister, 24,000 monuments are
registered in Armenia and part of them is private property.

Marco Clemente, Italian ambassador to Armenia, said his country is
watching archeological research in Armenia with great interest and
that his government provides Euro 30,000 annually to the center for
the revival of historical monuments.

Culture Minister Hasmik Poghosyan said Armenia has an agreement with
Italy for cooperation in the field. She complained that the Armenia
government spends not enough money and does not take commitments in
this area.

The seminar will run till September 16 and will have practical
visits to sites in addition to discussions and reports. Yerevan
Architecture University and Yerevan State University students attend
the seminar.