CIS Security Service Chiefs in Armenia.

YEREVAN (Armenpress–ITAR-TASS)–Chiefs of security services of CIS countries opened their meeting in the Armenian capital Yerevan on Tuesday.

"Considerable changes have taken place in the world since the last time the Council meeting was held in Yerevan–a relatively brief period of time," noted Armenia’s President Robert Kocharian in his message to participants on Tuesday. "This means that the requiremen’s to security bodies and secret services of our countries have also changed." Kocharian emphasized that the body will be effective in countering "acute challenges and menaces as international terrorism–trans-national crime–illegal narcotics trafficking and the spread of weapons of mass destruction."

The agenda centers on joint antiterrorist measures and other security matters. The CIS Council of Security Service Chiefs is holding its 14th meeting behind closed doors.

The Armenian National Security Service press center revealed that Armenia plans to work out joint mechanisms to prevent infiltration of members of international terrorist organizations across state borders of CIS countries.

Security service chiefs will exchange experiences in preventing emergencies at facilities of energy–oil and gas sectors–and review closer cooperation in the fulfillment of tasks set by CIS leaders before the CIS Antiterrorist Center. The preparation and implementation of bilateral intergovernmental agreemen’s on mutual protection of secret information will also be discussed.

Also on Wednesday–President Kocharian decorated the chief of Russian security service General Nikolay Patrushev–with Battle Cross of first degree.

The President’s press office said that during a conversation that followed the ceremony both men’spoke of further developing bilateral relations in the area of security.


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