Karabakh Armenian Parliament Members Discuss Cooperation

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–The Interparliamentary Commission on Cooperation between Armenia and the Karabakh met on December 8 and discussed the present stage of the Karabakh peace process–adjusting the legislatures of the two countries to the standards set forth by the Council of Europe–and to estimate the interstate credit to be allocated to Karabakh by Armenia’s state budget in 2002.

After parliamentarian Armen Rustamian (Armenia) outlined the current situation of the Karabakh peace process–it became clear that Karabakh’s Parliamentarians was misinformed about the negotiation process. Meanwhile–Chairman of Karabakh Parliamentary Commission on Foreign Affairs Vahram Atanessian said Karabakh should be included as a separate party in the negotiation process. He expressed his optimism that Karabakh Parliamentarians will have a chance to express their opinion to international leaders so they could work out a general concept of the Karabakh settlement as well as to discuss other issues affecting Karabakh.

Karabakh Parliament Speaker Oleg Yessayan emphasized the necessity for frequent contacts between the Parliamentarians of the two countries so that there is a frequent exchange of information and so the two nations could establish common viewpoints. The Commission on Interstate Cooperation held its last meeting at the end of last year.

Yessayan said that the interstate credit totals nine billion drams. The credit–as well as Karabakh’s budget (12 billion drams)–are used to implement socio-economic and rehabilitation programs in the country.

He pointed out that the Karabakh Parliament delegates the expenditures of the interstate credit.

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