EU Interested in South Caucasus

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–Under the aegis of the Conservative Party of Norway and the Norwegian Foreign Ministry–quadrilateral meetings between the Parliamentary political forces of Norway and three South Caucasian countries will be held in Oslo–Yerevan–Tbilisi–and Baku in 2002. The participants will discuss issues concerning the exchange of prisoners of war–political assistance in finding solutions to the problems of refugees–as well as new methods to settle conflicts in the region. Artur Baghdassarian the President of the Orinats Yerkir (Law-based country) party and Head of the title Parliamentary faction announced the upcoming international meetings at a press conference on Tuesday. The news conference was held to evaluate the results of his visit to Norway–Italy and Austria from November 27 to December 10.

Baghdassarian was invited by the Parliamen’s and governmen’s of the aforementioned countries–and during his visit–he met with representatives of numerous Parliamentary forces and foreign ministries. These meetings led him to infer that the European Union is highly interested in the region–especially Armenia.

He also said that the Orinats Yerkir party invited the Parliamentarians of these countries to visit Yerevan. The representatives of the Liberal-Democratic Party of Italy–the Democratic Party of Austria and the Conservative Party of Norway will arrive in Yerevan to sign a memorandum on cooperation with Orinats Yerkir party.

The Secretary General of the European Democratic Union invited the party to participate in the International Union of the Council of Europe.

Baghdassarian–as a political figure who is interested in the expansion of cooperation in the educational system–also emphasized the importance of forming a European educational system in Armenia to which his party is ready to contribute. According to him–rather serious programs will be implemented in 2002 targeted at the formation of a European educational system in Armenia. A number of agreemen’s will be signed–and a regional center of information technologies and a department training specialists of regional importance will be created.

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