NATIONAL MINORITIES ENJOYING FULL RIGHTS IN ARMENIA

Azg/am
5 Oct 04

Representatives of Jewish, Assyrian, Georgian, Byelorussian and German
communities of Armenia gathered yesterday at the Yerevan State
Pedagogical University after Abovian. They presented their national
songs and dances.

"This is a very important undertaking. It teaches our youth to be
tolerant and respectful to those of other cultures and religions
around them", Rima Varzhapetian, co-chairman of the Nations' Council
of Armenia and head of the Jewish community said.

Varzhapetian stated that the conditions of the national minorities,
2.8 per cent of Armenia's overall population, are well and that there
is noviolation of their rights in the country. "Our relations with the
government are very warm. They are actively supporting us", she
said. Rima Varzhapetian added that being citizens of the Republic of
Armenia they and their children have to study Armenian history and
language though trying to preserve their national culture by means of
such gatherings.

By Tamar Minasian