Armenia Kyrgyzstan Sign Series of Agreemen’s

YEREVAN–April 21 (Noyan Tapan)–President of Kyrgyzstan Askar Akayev arrived in Yerevan Monday morning. The two countries concluded a number of bilateral agreemen’s.

At a news conference which followed the signing ceremony–Akayev and Levon-Ter-Petrosyan noted that bilateral relations of the two countries within the framework of the Commonwealth of Independent States were sincere and clear.

Ter-Petrosyan noted the importance of Kyrgyzstan’s constructive activity within CIS–the Commonwealth of the Central Asian States and highly appreciated its peaceful efforts in the matter of settling the stand-off in Tajikistan. He voiced hope that like Central Asian states–someday Azerbaijan–Armenia and Georgia would establish close cooperation.

Noting that there is no political–moral or humanitarian problems between the two countries–Ter-Petrosyan admitted that the intergovernmental economic relations were on a low level. He put it down to the decline in production and loss of economic ties after the break-up of the USSR.

Ter-Petrosyan voiced hope that after those problems are resolved the two countries will have great opportunities for economically beneficial cooperation.

According to Akayev–the conclusion of a package of documen’s have created favorable conditions for development of commerce–economy–culture and dynamic development of scientific ties. He noted that trade relations between the two countries are developing now. In particular–Kyrgyzstan exports–light and textile industries production–tobacco in Armenia–while Armenia the Armenian brandy.

Akayev also reported that there was an agreement on establishment of joint jewelry enterprise in Kyrgyzstan.

The officials of the two countries stressed that the priority is given to the development and strengthening of relations with Russia–both bilateral and within CIS.

"We do not conceal that relations with Russia are important priorities for us," Ter-Petrosyan said at a press conference with Kyrghyz president Askar Akayev. He added–"We stand for strengthening these relations not only on a bilateral basis–but also within the framework of the Commonwealth of Independent States."

Speaking on the CIS–Ter-Petrosyan said–"Much has been done for five years in the Commonwealth. However–this time is not enough to reach the level of cooperation similar to one of the European Union," he stressed.

He praised Kyrghyzstan’s constructive role in cooperation with the CIS and Central Asian countries.

Ter-Petrosyan also highly appraised Kiryrgyzstan’s role in peacekeeping activities in Tajikistan.

"I envy cooperation among Central Asian states–rejoice at its level and hope that the same close cooperation will be established among republics of Transcaucasia," he said.

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