Kocharian Discusses Legislation on Culture

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–President Robert Kocharian met last weekend with Armenian cultural workers in Dilijan.

During the meeting issues of financing culture–establishing a public council for elaborating necessary legislation on culture and cultural policy–as well as those of improving the work of cultural services in the Armenian embassies abroad and struggle against cultural expansion were discussed.

Kocharian pointed out the importance of establishing relevant structures to will make it possible to commercialize cultural trends and expose them to the cultural market. In particular–he pointed out that the establishment of an institute of producers in Armenia will allow film directors–poets and writers to free themselves from purely organizational work.

Film director Albert Mkrtichian pointed out that due to financial difficulties he cannot begin shooting a film dedicated to the earthquake. Saying that he received half of the funding necessary from the Russian State Department of Cinematography (Goskino)–Mkrtichian expressed optimism that he will receive the second half in Armenia.

Armenian Prime Minister Armen Darbinian–who was also attending the meeting–said that the government has planned to sponsor the film. The prime minister also told journalists that the government is currently working on a bill on culture which will be submitted to parliament for discussion in October.

Also attending the meeting were Minister of Culture–Youth Affairs and Sports–Roland Sharoyan–presidential advisors Vahan Hovanessian and Aram Sargssian–among other officials.

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