Kocharian Inspects Armenian Frontline Troops

YEREVAN (RFE/RL)–President Robert Kocharian conducted a four-day inspection of Armenian troops stationed along the volatile frontline with Azerbaijan–ordering their commanders to further boost their combat-readiness–his office revealed on Tuesday.

A statement by the presidential press service said Kocharian–accompanied by Defense Minister Serge Sarkisian–visited "a number of frontier army bases" from November 9-12.

"The purpose of the visit was to take a close look at the combat and technical readiness of the units–the implementation of training programs and social conditions of the personnel," the statement said. It added that Kocharian inspected Armenian defense fortifications and inaugurated a new "army barracks complex."

There was no word on the precise location of the Armenian army positions visited.

The statement did say that while Kocharian was largely satisfied with what he saw–he urged top army commanders "not to content themselves with the achieved results" and to continue to strengthen their troops.


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