Results of Meeting of Transcaucasian Ministers of Culture in Strasbourg

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–A meeting of the ministers of culture of Armenia–Azerbaijan and Georgia was held in Strasbourg December 13-14. The meeting was held at the suggestion of the Council of Europe Committee for Cultural Policy. The meeting participants discussed the program prepared by the Committee for the three Transcaucasian countries as well as the issues of promoting cultural development–creative activities–and improvement of relevant legislation. The ministers of culture of Turkey–Russia–Switzerland and Greece also attended the meeting as observers.

The meeting participants pointed out the importance of harmony of the cutural policies of the three Transcaucasian countries with the European concept of cultural policy. Out of the three countries–only Armenia received a high appraisal in regards to the reform ofcultural policy.

Armenia also presented a program of cultural cooperation between the three countries. During the discussion–when Azerbaijan was criticized for an unsatisfactory state of culture–the Azeri minister of culture stated: "How can culture develop in Azerbaijan if the greater part of its territory is blocked? I want to tell you that our main cultural values are in Nagorno-Karabakh."

Armenia raised the issue of establishing an information-analytical center. According to Sharoyan–the CE Committee for Cultural Policy promised to undertake partial financing of the center–the rest of the funds to be provided by Armenia.

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