YEREVAN, November 1. /ARKA/. Armenia’s foreign ministry is not planning to move into a new building in 2014, deputy minister of foreign affairs Shavarsh Kocharyan told reporters Thursday.
The building of Armenia’s foreign ministry at Republican Square will be sold for 51,270,840 dollars to “Tango” closed join stock company owned by an Argentinean Armenian businessman Eduardo Ernekyan.
Under the government decision of October 4 2012, the buyer is obliged to build a new building to accommodate the ministry of foreign affairs, the ministry of energy and natural resources and the ministry of justice.
The new building will not be completed in 2014, Kocharyan added.
The deputy minister stressed the foreign ministry does need new offices, as the current building creates a number of inconveniences, Novosti-Armenia reported.
“We have a large lobby on the second floor, but if you go higher up, you will see how many diplomats are sitting in the same room. We do not have even a hall for holding events”, the deputy minister said.
The draft government decree says the buyer is obliged to make the required investments to turn the building into a five-star hotel of an internationally known brand, while maintaining the historical and cultural design.
The foreign ministry building was constructed in 40ies of the 20th century. It total area is 14,241.9 square meters.
Argentinean Armenian businessman Eduardo Ernekyan owns “Armenia – International Airports” company operating Zvartnots airport in Yerevan. The businessman is implementing major projects in Armenia in agriculture sector. He is also the owner of Armenia’s Conversebank. –0--