Parties in territory of cultural and historical monuments in Armenia to be prohibited - premier

Parties in territory of cultural and historical monuments in Armenia to be prohibited - premier

YEREVAN, June 20. /ARKA/. Armenian Prime Minister Hovik Harutyunyan told journalists today that the government will prohibit any party on Armenia’s historical and cultural sites.

In recent days, media sources reported about a party held in the territory of Zvartnots historic sanctuary for partners of Russia’s Troika Dialog and a cultural event the Central Bank of Armenia organized in Garni museum as part of the eighth annual session of the European Fund for Southeast Europe (EFSE) in Armenia.   

“I discussed the matter with the culture minister and demanded to take appropriate steps and to punish persons responsible for that,” Abrahamyan said. “I demanded to prevent things prompting public anger in the future.”

Today Culture Minister Hasmik Poghosyan reprimanded severely Vladimir Poghosyan, the director of the agency for protection of historical monuments, and fired Vartan Grigoryan, chief of a unit of Zvartnots. 

As for the second event that has been held in Garni by the central bank, the regulator has explained that it was an official reception organized jointly with the EFSE which was mistakably confused by media sources with a party and that the organizers of the event ensured compliance with all the requirements put forward by the historical environment protection agency. --0-----

18:07 20.06.2014

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