YEREVAN. – The 2001 census in Armenia states that national minorities form less that 3 percent, including Russians, Yazidis, Kurds, Germans, Assyrians, Belarusians, Ukrainians and Jews, head of the Ethnic Minorities and Religious Affairs Department of the Government Vardan Asatryan told Armenian News-NEWS.am.
Asked whether there were violations towards the rights of the national minorities, the government representative said that Armenia has been a crossroad for civilizations for thousands of years and during all these periods a culture of respectful relations has been formed towards other nations. Anyway there are still issues, main of which is the lack of teachers.
At the same time the state prints the books on the national languages of minorities free of charge and holds exhibitions of art, as well as cooperates with newspapers publishedon the national language.