Secretary General of CIS Security Council Arrives in Yerevan

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–Secretary General of the Security Council of the signatories to the CIS Collective Security Treaty Valery Nikolayenko arrived in Yerevan on April 11. Talking to journalists at Zvartnots Airport–Nikolayenko said that within the next two months a number of arrangemen’s are to be organized in Armenia under the Collective Security Treaty–and said the goal of his visit is to prepare for these arrangemen’s. In late April–the second meeting of the Secretary of the Security Councils of the signatory-countries is to be held in Yerevan.

A summit of the heads of the countries participating in the Collective Security Treaty is to be held in Yerevan in late May. The summit is to be preceded by meetings of the countries’ Council of Ministers of Defense and Council of Foreign Ministers.

Nikolayenko confirmed that Russian President Vladimir Putin is to visit Armenia in May–and active preparations are now being made for his visit. He pointed out that the most important issue to be discussed at the summit will be that of forming task forces under the CIS Collective Security Treaty. It is of importance–considering the problems between Afghanistan and Tajikistan as well as in Central Asia as a whole. There are also two other directions of cooperation: the Caucasian–which is based on Russia-Armenia relations–and Eastern European–which is based on the Russia-Belarus cooperation. The summit will also discuss issues related to these directions.

During his three-day visit Nikolayenko will hold meetings with the Armenian president–speaker of the National Assembly–foreign minister–and the minister of defense–who is also secretary of the Security Council of Armenia. The situation in the Caucasus as well as issues of stability and security are to be discussed during the meetings.

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