CIS Head in Armenia

YEREVAN (Combined Sources)–CIS Executive Committee chairman Vladimir Rushailo–met Armenian leaders on Thursday for talks on CIS reforms and measures to increase the effectiveness of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS).

Though economic cooperation is one of CIS’s priorities–Rushailo revealed that business resources are not fully utilized–and proposed the creation of business centers throughout CIS countries. He commended Armenia for its outstanding exposition at the All-Russia Exhibition Center–saying that it is one of the best.

"Despite objective and subjective difficulties–cooperation between CIS countries–primarily economic–humanitarian–and the joint fight against crime–as well as security–is developing effectively," President Robert Kocharian told Rushailo–but stressed the necessity to increase CIS activity.

The CIS head took time to place a wreath at the memorial to the victims of the Armenian genocide in Ottoman Turkey. "Each people has sacred places. This Memorial is a sacred for the Armenian people and I think it my duty to visit it when I am in Yerevan," Rushailo said during his fifth visit to the Memorial.

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