Association of National Minorities Offered Yerevan Headquarters

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–Presidential advisor Vahan Hovanessian met Tuesday with representatives of the Association of National Minorities of Armenia to learn more about their issues. The Association was offered headquarters in Yerevan–but the representatives of the minority organization turned down the offer.

The presidential advisor’s staff reported that the Association was offered headquarters in the center of Yerevan. There are 17 offices at the headquarters totaling an area of 500 square meters. Representatives of each community will be provided with one office. A hall in the same building will be placed at the Association’s disposal for holding various events of functions. The Association rejected the offer–saying that the building is in poor condition. However–some of the representatives of the Association spoke for repairing the building with a combined effort.

The Association is also concerned over the quota in the National Assembly. Hovanessian said that the analysis of 17 other European countries having national minorities in their territories showed that only Croatia has a similar quota to Armenia.

The minorities’ representatives pointed out that no cases of discrimination or human rights violations based on ethnicity were reported in Armenia.

The next meeting with the Association of National Minorities is scheduled for early March.

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