Kocharian Meets With Azeri Reporters

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–Armenian President Robert Kocharian Wednesday met with a group of journalists from Azerbaijan–Georgia and Great Britain–who arrived in Armenia at the invitation of the Yerevan Press Club to attend a seminar "Accessibility of Information and Censorship" held within the framework of the TACIS Program.

Kocharian hailed such a form of cooperation–describing it as an effective and useful phenomenon. He hoped that similar meetings–which will also positively influence interstate relations–will continue in the future as well.

Answering journalists’ questions–the president outlined the main trends of Armenian foreign policy–in particular–Yerevan’s stance on the Karabakh settlement. The sides also addressed the upcoming TRACECA forum to be held in Baku under the auspices of the European Union.

"Active involvement in regional programs is one of the main trends of Armenian foreign policy," said Robert Kocharian. He said similar programs were the best guarantee for the establishment of stability in the region.

Commenting on Armenian-Georgian relations–the president said that they are stable and both sides are interested in further strengthening relations.

As for the republic’s foreign policy and current economic reforms–Robert Kocharian said that Armenia has all possibilities of becoming the most stable and disciplined country in the region.

The Azeri journalists are also scheduled to visit Karabakh–marking the first time in 10 years that Azeri reporters were allowed to visit the republic.

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