Baroness Cox Meets with Ghoukassian

STEPANAKERT (Noyan Tapan)–The visiting Deputy Speaker of the British Parliament’s House of Lords–Baroness Caroline Cox–and her party consisting of members of Christian Solidarity International met with Karabakh President Arkady Ghoukassian–Wednesday.

Greeting the guests–President Ghoukassian appreciated their activities in Karabakh–saying that it is time humanitarian aid was replaced by assistance to Nagorno-Karabakh in implementing its development programs.

The president told the foreign delegation about the Karabakh settlement and its prospects–dwelling on the current social and political situation in Karabakh and addressing recent events in Armenia.

Baroness Cox–in turn–pointed out that Christian Solidarity International is gradually becoming a provider of social and economic assistance to Nagorno-Karabakh. According to the British official–the humanitarian group intends to render all kinds of assistance to the young republic.

Thus–four groups of leading experts in different fields had come to Karabakh with the delegation to help their Karabakh counterparts improve their skills–she said.

Baroness Cox especially pointed to the need for a rehabilitation center to be built in Stepanakert. An initial $10,000 has already been provided to begin construction which is expected to be completed by August.

The British official explained to Ghoukassian about assistance rendered to Artsakh State University. Artsakh State University signed a cooperation agreement with Bornmouth University with the help of Christian Solidarity International–which–the Baroness said–will yield some tangible results soon.

According to Baroness Cox–the next visit of a delegation of Christian Solidarity International to Nagorno-Karabakh is scheduled for May.

During the trip–delegation members will scheduled to climb Kirs Mountain.

A delegation to arrive in Karabakh in June will include a group of well-known American doctors who are expected to bring with them modern medical equipment and drugs.

A British parliamentary delegation is also expected in September.

Baroness Cox and her delegation also met with Deputy Prime Minister Gerarde Poghosian and Defense Minister Samvel Babayan–Tuesday night.

Since 1988 Baroness Cox has been one of the most ardent supporters of the Karabakh question.

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