Joint Armenian Russian Meeting Convenes

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan/Itar Tass)–The first meeting of the interparliamentary commission of the Federal Assembly of Russia and the National Assembly of Armenia opened in Yerevan Friday.

The commission is designed to create real opportunities for enhancing the friendly relations between the two countries. Its members are to bring in line Russian and Armenian laws in the spheres of mutual concern–to work out recommendations for the intergovernmental commission–and to define the common grounds for a concerted participation in various interparliamentary forums–Armenian National Assembly Speaker Khosrov Harutiunian explained.

The mechanism for commission activities was defined in the agreement on interparliamentary cooperation–which was signed in Moscow last February.

The chairman of the Committee on Financial–Budgetary and Economic Affairs of the National Assembly of Armenia–Armen Yeghiazarian–and the leader of the Narodovlastiye deputy group at the Russian State Duma–Nikolay Ryzhkov–were appointed co-chairmen of the commission. Advisor to the Narodovlastiye deputy group executive Vyacheslav Tetekin took Ryzhkov’s place in his absence.

"We need to set up a firm structure of equal–strategic partnership as guidlined in the agreement signed in February between Russia and Armenia," Harutiunian said at the opening of the first session of the commission.

He emphasized that cooperation is impossible–if it is not reinforced by real mechanisms of mutual confidence–respect and understanding. According to him–the friendship of Russia and Armenia’stood the test of time and history.

"This year it is the 170th anniversary of the liberation of Eastern Armenia by Russian troops and the signing of the Turkmen’stan agreement–an event symbolizing the friendship of our two peoples. We are obliged to maintain and double the achievemen’s we have inherited," said Harutiunian.

The co-chairmen were expected to meet with Armenia’s Prime Minister Armen Darbinian later Friday. Today the guests were to visit St. Etchmiadzin–the Yerevan Brandy factory and then leave for Moscow.

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