Armenia Has Expectations from US Summit

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–In response to a White House announcement Friday discussing a June 27 meeting between Bill Clinton and Robert Kocharian Armenian Foreign Minister Vartan Oskanian stated: "Not only in connection with the Karabakh problem–but also in connection with other issues–especially economic issues–we are expecting much."

Oskanian said that "There is a new government program. We are getting down to tackling economic problems with fresh vigor. So the Karabakh problem–economic problems–both bilateral and regional–will be placed on the agenda–and we hope that we will return with positive results."

As to the expected positive results–Minister Oskanian said that it is "the US’s larger assistance in solving our economic problems as well as its further mediation role in solving the Karabakh problem for the resumption of the negotiations within the framework of the OSCE Minsk Group to become possible."

Addressing the discussion of the Karabakh problem during the recent meeting of the Russian and US presidents–Oskanian pointed out that the subject was slightly touched upon not during the private meeting of the two countries’ leaders–but during an enlarged meeting.

"It was just pointed out that the US and Russia–as OSCE Minsk Group co-chairmen–will cooperate to find a peaceful solution to the Karabakh problem," said Oskanian.

"President Clinton will meet with the President of Armenia–Robert Kocharian–at the White House on June 27. The two presidents will discuss regional issues–including the support of the United States for the Nagorno-Karabakh peace process and the restoration of economic ties among the countries of the Caucasus. They will also discuss Armenia’s efforts to strengthen democracy–reinforce the rule of law–and build a market economy.

While in Washington President Kocharian will also attend meetings with the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank as well as with Vice President Gore–other senior Administration officials–and members of Congress," outlined the White House announcement.

Vice President Al Gore will meet with Kocharian–in Washington on June 26. He will also host a lunch in honor of Armenia’s President.

The Vice President plans to review the progress of the US-Armenian Joint Task Force with President Kocharian–and to discuss regional issues–among them American support for the Nagorno-Karabakh peace process and the restoration of economic ties among the countries of the Caucasus. They will also discuss joint efforts to promote Armenian democracy–security–and economic recovery.

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