RIA Oreanda
Economic News
July 31, 2008 Thursday

Yerevan. ">OREANDA-NEWS . July 31, 2008. For significant contribution
to the cause of strengthening and developing Armenian-Jewish relations,
under a decree signed by RA Prime Minister Tigran Sargsyan, "Jewish
Community of Armenia" civil society organization chairwoman Rima
Varzhapetyan has been awarded RA Prime Minister's commemorative medal.

Today at the Office of Government, the Prime Minister handed in
the medal to Mrs. Varzhapetyan and expressed appreciation of those
active efforts exerted towards organizing and consolidating the
local Jewish community which is a minority group in our country, as
well as for the activities aimed at addressing community concerns,
upholding cooperation with Armenian authorities and strengthening
the Armenian-Jewish relationship.

"We can see very well and welcome your dedication to this noble
cause," Tigran Sargsyan said and asked about the problems faced by
the community and the future plans of the organization.

The chairwoman of "Jewish Community of Armenia" CSO thanked the
Prime Minister for his thoughtfulness of her endeavors and the
attention given to Armenia's Jewish community. She said this is an
occasion to shape a better image of Armenia worldwide and speak of
the Armenian-Jewish friendship: "What has been done is the outcome
of sincere devotion, and I am prepared to redouble my efforts to
this end. Armenia is well placed to become a powerful and prosperous
country. I am confident that our joint efforts will help achieve
this target," Rima Varzhapetyan said and thanked the Government for
the allocation of AMD 21 million in 2007 to rehabilitate a Jewish
historical monument dating back to XIV-XVII B.C., as situated in
Yeghegis village of Vayots Dzor marz of Armenia.