YEREVAN, March 19. / ARKA /. The Armenian government has approved today a procedure for distribution of financial assistance to public organizations of national minorities envisaged by the 2014 budget.
Chief of government staff, Vache Gabrielyan, said at a cabinet session that the government has earmarked 20 million drams to that end.
He said of that amount 9 million drams will be distributed to public organizations of national minorities represented in the presidential council coordinating their activities.
The bulks of the sum, 11 million are earmarked for an organization called International Center of Russian Culture Harmony, which is also a member of the presidential council.
Of that amount, 1 million drams will be used to finance cultural and educational activities, and 10 million drams will be used to finance implementation of important programs and initiatives.
According to official figures, minorities make 2.5 % of Armenia’s population. The biggest minority are Yezidis, numbering about 42,000 people.
They are an ethno-religious community, related to the Kurds representing an ancient religion that is linked to Zoroastrianism.
The Russian community has 14,000 people. There are around 3,500 Assyrians, 3,500 Ukrainians and 1,300 Greeks. Other minorities number less than 1000 people. -0-