Armeno Russian Inter Parliamentary Commission Meets in Yerevan

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–All documen’s related to Armenia are discussed in the current State Duma incomparably more quickly–said Nikolay Ryzhkov–co-chairman of the Armenian-Russian Inter-Parliamentary Commission During the 3rd meeting of the Commission in Yerevan on September 24–he reminded those present that 130 interstate–intergovernmental and interdepartmental agreemen’s and treaties have been signed since April 1992 when diplomatic relations between the two countries were established. Ryzhkov reaffirmed that military and political relations are being successfully developed. The problem is how to deepen trade and economic relations–for which much needs to be done by the parliamen’s of the two countries in terms of creating an appropriate legislative basis.

Armenian National Assembly Chairman Armen Khachatrian–pointed out that the cooperation between the parliamen’s of the two countries largely depended on the efficiency of the Commission’s work.

The Commission’s Armenian co-chairman–Vice-Speaker of the Armenian Parliament Gagik Aslanian said that the two countries’ parliamen’s still have to ratify a number of agreemen’s that have already been signed and they need to monitor the treaties’ implementation. Trade and economic cooperation–which considerably lags behind the military and political relations–is especially important.

According to the National Assembly’s Public Relations Department–Vice-Chairman of the Commission Hmayak Hovhannissian wrote a report on the legal and contractual relations between the Russian Federation and the Republic of Armenia. According to him–problems connected with the development of cooperative ties in the areas of cargo shipmen’s–sales markets–energy–mining industry and metallurgy–chemical–and light industries must be solved in a prioritized order. Interstate financial and economic groups must be formed in accordance with the current level of economic relations between Russia and Armenia and their prospects.

Armenia’s Energy Minister Karen Galustian wrote a report outlining problems of production and sales of nuclear and thermal electrical power–and to solve these problems–both political and economic instrumen’s are necessary.

Armenia’s Deputy Minister of Transportation Beglarian said that under an agreement signed in 1992 the governmen’s of the two countries regulated their transportation relations and pledged to ensure the work of all types of transportation from their territories.

The necessity to open the port of Kavkaz was heavily stressed. It was also said that the issue of ferry cargo shipmen’s needed to be decided on promptly–and new research studying the efficiency of this mode of transportation should be made.

The meeting of the Commission made a joint statement about struggle against international terrorism. During the meeting–Gagik Aslanian and Nikolay Ryzhkov were confirmed cochairmen of the Commission–H. Hovhannissian was confirmed as their deputy–I. Kocharian and G. Orlanov were confirmed as executive secretaries.

The next meeting of the Commission is scheduled to be held in Moscow in December of this year.

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