Kocharian Briefs Government

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)-President Robert Kocharian of the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic discussed his vision of government during a speech before the Karabakh cabinet on Tuesday. Kocharian said the government "should become a team of kindred spirits."

Kocharian addressed the unemployment problem as one of top priority–noting that funds for the development of small businesses had already been obtained.

Kocharian also addressed the need to develop a new fiscal policy–which would promote production. He also discussed the need to amend the privatization and social policies.

Kocharian called on the National Assembly to expedite the debate on legislation pertaining to local government "because the absence of such a law is impeding the processes dictated by life itself."

Those present at the session considered and approved the results of the social and economic development program implemented in Karabakh in 1996.

A dispute over Karabakh’s 1997 draft budget led to a number of changes in expenditures.

The new draft will be submitted to the National Assembly for consideration at a later date.

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