CIS Executive Secretary Visits Armenia

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)– "The goal of my visit is to report to the leaders of Armenia what has already been done to put the decisions of the Council of CIS Heads of State taken on April 2 1999 into practice of," Executive Secretary of the CIS Council Yuri Yarov told reporters upon his arrival in Yerevan Wednesday. The document discusses two key issues: the structural improvement of the CIS bodies and creation of a free trade zone.

Yarov pointed out that based on the decision of the CIS Economic Council which means starting the operation of free trade zones on January 1 2001–it is necessary to determine what each country should do to develop several common parameters which will be introduced throughout the CIS territory.

"We will develop some more elemen’s and submit them to the Council of the CIS Heads of State–hopefully–by January 1 2001," Yarov said.

According to him–the main provisions concerning activities aimed at creating a free trade zone will be submitted to the CIS Council of Prime Ministers–at the meeting scheduled for June 4. "Receiving this support–we would be able to start carrying out the necessary tasks," Yarov said.

Upon his turn–following his meeting with the CIS executive secretary–Armenian Prime Minister Armen Darbinian said: "We have agreed to support all the documen’s that have already been developed by our experts and approve the document concerning the free trade zone at the meeting of the CIS Council of Prime Ministers to be held in Minks on June 4–which is most important. Furthermore–we will approve the provision on the structure of the CIS Executive Committee. According to all the documen’s–the free trade zone is to become operational on January 1 2000."

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