MAY 12, 2010

YEREVAN, MAY 12, ARMENPRESS: Armenia will participate in The Kyiv
Initiative program of the Council of Europe. RA Culture deputy
Minister Arev Samuelyan said at a press conference today that the
Armenian delegation had taken part in the session of the Steering
Committee for Culture (CDCULT) of the Council of Europe and expressed
its willingness to join The Kyiv Initiative.

During the implementation process of The Kyiv Initiative pilot
program, corresponding specialists of the Council of Europe will
provide consultation to the participating countries for restoring
their historic-cultural towns.

Arev Samuelyan informed that the member-states may represent up
to 10 towns; the Council of Europe will select those 2 ones, which
meet the demands to be involved in the program. The towns of Goris,
Gyumri and Ashtarak will be represented from Armenia. The specialists
of the Council of Europe will arrive in Armenia to conduct monitoring
in the represented towns and historic-cultural reserves.

A conference, the format of which will be decided later, will be held
October in Kiev for regulation of the program and ensuring of the
process. The project is intended to be implemented till 2014. Arev
Samuelyan also informed that Armenia took part in the plenary session
of the Steering Committee for Cultural Heritage and Landscape and was
among those countries, which confirmed their participation in the
international conference, dedicated to the 25th anniversary of the
Days of European Heritage, which will be held October 1-3 in Istanbul.

It is already several years since Armenia has participated in the
events of the programs of the Days of European Heritage. Last year
the events were organized in Zorats Karer (Powerful Stones) reserve.