Kocharian Meets with US Ambassador

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–Armenia’s Acting President and Prime Minister Robert Kocharian met Friday with US Ambassador to Armenia Peter Tomsen who was accompanied by a delegation from the US Agency for International Development.

During the meeting USAID Caucausus division chairman Jerry Donnelley stated that the agency was willing to undertake its reform projects in Armenia–adding that the agency has already received positive outlooks from experts in the field.

Donnelley stated that the agency’s proposed projects were integral for development of Armenia’s economy.

The initial phases of the reform package will include changes in Armenia’s legal-judicial structure–introduction of advancemen’s in the capital markets and land spheres–without which future agricultural exports would be impossible–stressed the USAID representative.

Donnelley added that the agency’s experts had also researched Armenia’s tax and fiscal policies. She added that agreemen’s were scheduled to be signed in March for the immediate commencement of the projects.

In his remarks–Kocharian told the visiting US delegation–that proper monitoring of reform projects was lacking promting concerns with the Armenian government–adding that the agency’s proposed programs would ensure that projects are undertaken properly and would provide the right tempo for introducing reforms in Armenia.

He concluded that the Armenian government was in support of the said programs and would do its utmost to ensure their realization.

Meanwhile–the newly-elected National Assembly chairman Khosrov Harutiunian met with Russia’s Ambassador to Armenia Andrei Ournov–Friday.

Ournov congratulated Harutiunian on his election to his new position–stressing that Russia was closely monitoring the situation and events in its strategically important neighbor Armenia–and praised that the changes were occurring within the realm of the constitution.

In his remarks–Harutiunian thanked the Russian ambassador and stressed that Armenia’s policies toward Russia would not change–adding that those relations would continue in their normal course.

The two leaders also stressed the importance of interparliamentary cooperation as a basis for enhancing Armeno-Russian relations.

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