Sarkissian Presents Results of CIS Meeting

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–Right after the US began its military anti-terrorist actions in Afghanistan–on October 8 and 9 all the CIS countries Security Council Directors participated in an unscheduled session of CIS Joint Security Committee–including former Soviet republics–with the exception of Tajikistan–according to Serj Sarkissian–Defense Minister of Armenia and the President’s National Security Council Director.

The participants of the session discussed problems regarding terrorist threats–with the Russian delegation proposing to establish an inter-governmental Commission responsible for handling security issues. According to Sarkissian–a Board of representatives will coordinate the security of all the member countries. Each country will be presented by one representative–who together with the CIS Presidents’ Council–will coordinate the committee’s works of CIS Defense and Foreign ministers as well as security Council directors.

Sarkissian mentioned that regardless of the fact that the Central Asian countries are involved in the war–Armenia’s future participation in the war is still unclear. However–he did note that the Armenian Army might be included in the war efforts–although issues of military strategic cooperation issues are likely to burgeon.

Regarding the different positions of Armenia and Iran regarding the attacks on Afghanistan–Sarkissian stressed that Armenia-Iran relations must never be effected by relations with a third country. Sarkissian concluded that American bombers have not used Armenia’s air space yet and nor were they asked yet. However–Sarkissian stated if they were asked by the US Government for air space–Armenia will allow the US access to fly over the country.

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