Oskanian Attends Council of Europe Celebrations in Budapest

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–Armenian Foreign Minister Vardan Oskanian was on a two-day visit to Romania on May 4-5.

On May 4–Oskanian held meetings with Romanian President Emil Konstantinescu–Prime Minister Radu Vasilyev and Foreign Minister Andrey Pleshu.

The meetings discussed the current state of bilateral relations as well as their prospects. Also addressed were issues of regional cooperation and cooperation within international organizations.

The meeting of the two countries’ foreign ministers discussed issues pertaining to the intergovernmental economic commission as well as future cooperation in the field of transport within the framework of the TRACECA Program.

Romania’s foreign minister vowed his country’s assistance in Armenia’s joining the Council of Europe. Also–Oskanian presented the Nagorno Karabakh problem as well as the latest developmen’s in the OSCE Minsk Group-sponsored peace process.

Oskanian also visited the Armenian church in Bucharest and the Armenian cultural center and met with clergymen and secular leaders of the local Armenian community. Meetings focused on preparations for the Armenia-Diaspora Congress scheduled for September.

On May 5–Oskanian held meetings with Romanian Senate Speaker Petre Roman and Minister of Transport Trayan Basescu–whereafter the Armenian delegation left for Budapest to attend celebrations marking the 50th jubilee of the Council of Europe.

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