Oskanian Reaffirmed Armenia’s Willingness to Assist The US

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan). Minister of Foreign Affairs Vardan Oskanian who is on an official visit to the United States met with US First Deputy of the Secretary of State Richard Armitage October 24. Minister Oskanian reaffirmed the willingness of Armenia to support the United States in its struggle against the international terrorism. The minister said that Armenia is one the countries that have allowed the US to use its air spaces and refuel planes as well as have provided exploratory information. Richard Armitage in his turn told the Armenian foreign minister about the process of antiterrorism operations and the diplomatic efforts of the United States.

The Information and Public Relations Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs told Noyan Tapan that during the meeting also attended by Armenian Ambassador to the United States Arman Kirakossian the sides also discussed the development of the Armenian-American relations–the peaceful settlement of the Karabakh conflict–regional security and cooperation as well as Section 907 of the Freedom Support Act.

Upon the proposal of Senator McConnell–and according to US president’s limited liability of temporarily lifting Section 907 based on the current anti-terrorist campaign–US Senate gave the president authority waived Section 907 on Wednesday. According to the Senate revision–Section 907 will be lifted until December 31–2002–however it must not effect the OSCE Minsk Group’s mission or be a cause for any Azeri aggression against Armenia. The resolution will be finalized after the Senate/House Conference Commission rewrites the waiver and sends it back to Congress for approval.

Armenia–being a member of international anti-terrorist coalition–has collaborated with US Administration to secure coalition requiremen’s in order to maintain the political and military equilibrium in Caucasus–particularly in the context of Armenia’s and Karabakh’s security. The US understands that since Azerbaijan has not completely lifted the blockade of Armenia–it can not get unlimited US assistance–while US Administration must be very flexible in Azerbaijan in order to fight terrorism–commented Vartan Oskanian reviewing the current situation. Opposing the proposals of Azerbaijan to entirely lift the resolution–US Senate has agreed to keep Section 907–making changes as long as it helps the anti-terrorist campaign.

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