Speaker Emphasizes Importance of Armenian Latvian Relations

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–There are no problems in the Armenian-Latvian relations but economic and cultural relations can be improved–stated Parliament Speaker Armen Khachatrian at his meeting with the delegation lead by Latvian Foreign Minister Indulis Berzinsh on Monday.

He underlined the necessity of deepening inter-parliamentary relations–which would be useful for both countries.

The Latvian foreign minister agreed that because the countries have no political problems–they must improve trade and economic relations. Moreover given the fact that Latvia is in serious relations with the West–Latvia could be Armenia’s link to the West. These chances will expand more when Latvia becomes member of the European Union and NATO in the near future.

Armen Khachatrian said that as a member of the Council of Europe–Armenia is now fulfilling its commitmen’s it made as a condition for its inclusion.

The Parliament speaker invited his Latvian counterpart Yanis Straume to visit the Armenian Parliament.

The foreign minister also met with the deputy group of the Armenian-Latvian friendship presided over by Head of the Unity faction Galust Sahalian. Chairman of the Parliamentary Standing Commission on Scientific–Educational–Cultural and Youth Affairs Shavarsh Kocharian and deputy Yuri Manukian and other members of the group attended the meeting.

After gaining independence Latvia chose to have parliamentary government and Armenia chose a to have a government with a president. Chairman of the People’s Party of Armenia Shavarsh Kocharian presented the version of the Constitution proposed by his party and said that it is based on the studies of Latvia’s and Estonia’s experiences.

The Parliament speaker expressed optimism that it is the nation that will make the final choice of the further way of government deciding between the constitutional reforms and the parliament. Berzinsh said that Latvia has restored its old Constitution with some amendmen’s.

Nevertheless–a parliamentary government was not unanimously accepted in the country; one of the opposition parties submitted its package of Constitutional amendmen’s suggesting a government lead by a president.

As for the Karabakh settlement–the Armenia’s said that they want to see a peaceful resolution to the conflict and that the West needs to evaluate and react appropriately to the war threats made by Azerbaijan.

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