Bush Blair and Rau Congratulate Kocharian

YEREVAN (Armenpress–RFE/RL) US President George W. Bush on Thursday congratulated President Robert Kocharian on his recent reelection.

Bush was quoted as reaffirming the United States’ commitment to a "democratic–market-oriented and prosperous Armenia."I am confident that relations between our countries and peoples will continue to strengthen," he said.

According to Kocharian spokeswoman Hasmik Petrosian–Bush also assured the Armenian leader that America would continue its efforts to broker a peaceful settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.

Congratulatory messages were also received this week from British Prime Minister Tony Blair–and German President Johannes Rau who wished Kocharian strength and success in overcoming political and economic challenges that Armenia faces. "I also hope that regional stability will be increased through dialogues with Armenia’s neighbors–and democracy will further advance," said Rau’s message.

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