ARF Rep. Meets with Head of Ukraine Party

YEREVAN (ARF Press Service)–The executive director of the Armenian Revolutionary Federation Bureau office in Moscow Seyran Baghdasarian met Thursday in Kiev with the chairman of the Social-Democratic Party of Ukraine Viktor Medvedtchouk.

The Social Democratic Party of Ukraine is part of the "In the Name of a United Ukraine" parliamentary bloc–which constitutes a majority in the Ukrainian parliament and is sympathetic to the country’s president Leonid Kuchma.

The party occupies two ministerial posts in the Ukrainian cabinet and last week–the party’s first vice-president Aleksander Zinchenko was elected deputy Speaker of the Ukraine National Assembly. One of the leading members of the party is former Ukraine president Leonid Kravchouk.

The sides discussed furthering inter-party relations and to enhance cooperation between the ARF and the Social-Democratic Party of Ukraine a series of approaches were presented. The meeting also addressed the furthering of Armenia-Ukraine relations–which could benefit from a deeper socio-political relations.

A separate topic of discussion was the activation of cooperation within Eastern European Socialist forces and the Socialist International.

The two sides discussed the ARF’s input and assistance to the Ukrainian party within these circles.

Medvetchouk extended an invitation to the ARF leadership and its parliamentary bloc to visit Ukraine and pledged to resolve issues concerning the Ukrainian-Armenian community.

While in Kiev–Baghdasarian also met with parliament member and chairman of the Armenian Union of Ukraine Nver Mkhitarian.

During the most recent parliamentary elections in Ukraine–four Armenia’s were elected to the parliament.

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