Third Meeting of CIS Youth Affairs Ministers Held in Yerevan

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–The youth living in the CIS countries have similar problems and most of them can be solved within the framework of the Club of Ministers of Youth Affairs and Sports–the Armenian representative in the Club–Deputy Minister of Culture–Youth Affairs and Sports Vahra Barseghian said at the third meeting of the the Club held in Yerevan on July 29.

The participants in the meeting discussed student exchange programs According to Barseghian–a communique and individual agreemen’s with each of the CIS countries will be signed during the meeting. He reported that the Russian representative made a proposal on organizing mutual visits of young people from Armenia to Russia and vice versa. The Georgian delegation suggested holding an international forum in Poty–Georgia.

Deputy Minister of Youth Affairs and Sport of Azerbaijan–Tair Suleimanov–who also participated in the Yerevan meeting–said: "Since we are part of the CIS and have a club of ministers–the cooperation between the youth of Armenina and Azerbaijan ahould be made possible within the framework of the club until the conflict between the two countroes is settled. After this step cooperation can occur on a lager scale–beyond the club."

According to Barseghian cooperation dealing with public organizations and ground for communication should be launched between the two countries and afterwards cooperation on a larger scale "will certainly be found".

Armenian President Robert Kocharian met with the participants on July 29. He stated that politics should be left behind when working with the youth. He also stressed the importance of organizing joint cultural festivals and sport events.

At the conclusion of the third meeting the Ministers Armenia–Russia and Georgia will sign a tripartite document about createijng exhange programs for the youth of the three countries.

The Club of CIS Ministers of Youth Affairs and Sports has been operating for two years. Two of its previous meetings were held in Moscow and Baku during which organizational matters were discussed. The meeting in Yerevan lasted until July 30.

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