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GREECE DONATES 100,000 EUROS TO ARMENIA

YEREVAN, JANUARY 26, ARMENPRESS: The government of Greece has pledged today 100,000 euros ($137,000) to the UN World Food program (WFP) for Armenia. The money will be used to provide food assistance to vulnerable families in Armenian provinces of Tavush, Shirak, Gegharkunik and Lori.

Speaking at a presentation ceremony at the Greece’s embassy in Yerevan ambassador Antonios Vlavianos said his government was the first to respond to WFP’s request to help support food security program in Armenia.

The ceremony was attended also by WFP Representative and Country Director Armenia, Muzaffar Choudhery.

Muzaffar Choudhery noted that the donation will help the vulnerable families to resist winter hardships. He said part of the money will be spent on buying flour, which will be distributed to around 40,000 families. Part of the aid will be used for providing around 30,000 schoolchildren with lunches. Also another part of the aid will be directed to Food for Work and Food for Training courses. Greece was followed by Japan, whose government has sent 2,000 tons of wheat.

At the conclusion the ambassador said he hopes that Armenia will soon no longer need such aid programs. He also said the embassy will be supervising purchase of flour and its distribution.

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