Armenian Georgian Militaries Cooperate

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–A special task group on the development of the Armenian-Georgian cooperation will be created–according to Minister of Defense–Secretary of the President’s National Security Council Serge Sarkissian. During Sarkissian’s official visit to Georgia–the Defense Ministers of both countries signed a protocol to have quarterly meetings with each other and representatives from the general headquarters.

The two ministers were discontent with the present level of relations–since the two countries had not cooperated militarily. According to Sarkissian–cooperation is possible in various ways–for example the two could cooperate by sharing information about military technology to the exchange of experience.

The minister said that this year military training will be held in Georgia under the NATO’s "Partnership for peace" program. Sarkissian said that joint military training has not been discussed yet: "I don’t think in the near future the Georgian and our armies will hold joint training sessions–since we need a common enemy to do so," he said.

Sarkisian also said that Armenian and Georgian defense ministries have agreed to make their contacts permanent. He said that they decided to form a joint commission that will look into possibilities of furthering bilateral defense links.

Serge Sarkissian also met with President of Georgia Edward Shevardnadze–who praised his latest visit to Armenia.

Sarkisian also said that he was going to travel to Moscow in early November to meet with Russian Deputy Prime Minister Ilya Klebanov to finalize the so-called factories-for-debt Armenian-Russian economic deal–which will forgive Armenia’s debt to Russia in return for part of stakes in the Armenian defense enterprises.

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