Armenia Joins EU’s Silk Road Corridor Project

US Ambassador to Armenia John Heffern (second right) and partners unveil the first panel that will be installed in Armenia as part of the Black Sea Silk Road Corridor project. April 2, 2013.


YEREVAN (Arka)—On Friday, Armenia joined the EU-funded Black Sea Silk Road Corridor (BSSRC) project, which fosters tourism development, cross-border cooperation and economic development in 173 communities across Armenia, Georgia, Turkey and Greece.

BSSRC is a tourism path stretching for 3,000 kilometer from Thessalonica, Greece, to Meghri, Armenia with a trail of 150 cultural sites marked throughout the region. A special internet portal and a smartphone application have been developed for it.

The project is implemented by the Armenian Monuments Awareness Project (AMAP) and is financed by the European Union. In Armenia, the program is co-financed by the US Agency for International Development (USAID), the Honorary Consulate of Italy in Gyumri, and Arminco Telecom Company. Of 1.284 million euros, released for the project, some 325,500 are meant for Armenia.

Speaking at a special ceremony in Yerevan, deputy Armenian minister of culture Arev Samuelyan commended AMAP for installing 400 information panels and 382 pointers at 175 sites in Armenia between 2008 and 2014.

US ambassador to Armenia John Heffern also stressed the regional importance of this project saying it is designed to connect people. He called on all airlines in the region to take advantage of Armenia’s “open skies” and organize flights to and from Armenia.

The head of the EU Delegation to Armenia, Ambassador Traian Hristea, said this initiative is a perfect example of what countries can do by combining their efforts “if there is political will and a little money.”

“Such programs once again prove that the EU is really trying to help in establishing cooperation beyond its borders, particularly in the Black Sea basin. Today we have a goal to increase the budget of the project,” he added.

Greek Ambassador to Armenia Ioannis Tagis, in turn, stressed that for many centuries the Silk Road united people, helping them to meet new cultures.

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  1. zarkim said:

    Mr John Heffern should let Mr Obama know that Armenia is not very impressed by:
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    Turkey has been looting Iraq and Syria by using ISIS to get stolen oil for several years. Mr Obama has just WOKEN up from a big SLEEP and has threatened sanctions. Against whom? ,, he is AFRAID to say….
    http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/10/23/us-mideast-crisis-sanctions-idUSKCN0IC1P620141023
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    Turkey has cooperated with ISIS in several ways: Stealing oil, gas, money, weapons from Iraq/Syria; and Using ISIS to attack (Commit acts of genocide to) some minorities like Armenians in KASSAB and Kurds. Using ISIS to abduct and kill innocent people.
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    This is not a NEW story, it is OLD news. Mr Obama has been too busy to notice his MATES robbing Syria and Iraq.
    http://asbarez.com/128206/turkish-dealers-help-isis-earn-1-mil-per-day/
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    THERE IS HONOR AMONG THIEVES?
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    Americans/allies including NATO and Israel encouraged/funded and armed Turkish terrorists to commit crimes against humanity. These hyenas are still sheltered in Turkey and the whole world is turning a blind eye to their existence.
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    The attack on Kessab was an example of how Turkey aided by Americans/NATO executed a genocidal act on Armenians in Syria.
    http://asbarez.com/121807/young-kessab-armenian-killed-by-rebels/

    WAKE UP SALLY…..Cops are here..
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    THERE ARE TWO WAYS TO BE FOOLED. ONE IS TO BELIEVE WHAT ISN’T TRUE; THE OTHER IS TO REFUSE TO BELIEVE WHAT IS TRUE.

  2. GB said:

    In 2012 Mr. Heffren told to Armenian-Americans that ‘Armenia is a long trip to nowhere’ and I wonder how this magical, wonderful old silk road changed his political mind!

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