Prime Minister And OSCE Official Discuss Anti Corruption

YEREVAN (Armenpress)–Armenian prime minister Andranik Markarian met with head of the OSCE Yerevan Office ambassador Roy Reeve–who presented the work done by his office since its opening. He also presented several proposals concerning further cooperation between the Armenian government and the OSCE.

Welcoming the government’s transparency and practical style of work–the ambassador referred to the prime minister’s recent visit to Tavush- one of the ten Armenian provinces. Reeve said his office was interested in the results of the visit–especially in the issues related to economy and nature protection in the region which borders Azerbaijan.

The prime minister offered his mediation to solve the problem concerning safe usage of the Jokhaz water reservoir located upon the border which has a significant importance for several rural communities on either side of the border.

According to the prime minister–as a result of an agreement with the OSCE co-chairs–an arrangement was reached about setting up direct phone communication with the Azerbaijan side–but contrary to Armenia–the Azerbaijani side has not shown any signs to cooperate so far.

Ambassador Reeve promised to help on this issue through active contacts with the recently opened OSCE office in Baku. Ambassador Reeve said his office has programs concerning human rights and democracy–as well as in working out an anti-corruption program. Reeve said an international Task Force for anti-corruption work has been created and he suggested that the Armenian government also create a branch. Reeve said this will raise Armenia’s international image and will also allow the use of Armenian anti-corruption experience in other cases.

He also welcomed the government’s intention to work out an anti-corruption program–noting that the government’s bill on Public Service is one of the first practical steps in this direction.

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