Georgian Prime Minister Arrives in Armenia

YEREVAN (Combined Sources)–A delegation headed by Georgian Prime Minister Zurab Nogaideli arrived in Armenia on March 11 for a two day working visit. The Georgian Prime Minister will meet with his counterpart Andranik Margarian and President Robert Kocharian.

Meanwhile–transportation of rail cargo between Azerbaijan to Georgia was renewed on March 7 as a result of an agreement reached by the two sides while Prime Minister Nogaideli was in Baku last week–Black Sea Press.

The talks in Baku referred to the readiness of the Georgian party to provide written guarantees that no goods received from Azerbaijan will then be exported to Armenia.

Thorough Azeri inspections of cargo bound for Georgia at the Georgian-Azeri border to ensure that no cargo was in fact destined for Armenia has meant hundreds of cargo trucks being held at the border since November 2004.

Nogaideli discussed this issue while on a two-day visit to Azerbaijan–during which he also met with Azeri President Ilham Aliyev and other senior officials to discuss a wide spectrum of issues of bilateral cooperation–especially in the economic sphere.

Prime Minister Nogaideli had also proposed to hold a meeting of the CIS heads of government in Tbilisi on June 3–saying that the proposal would need to be approved by the CIS Executive Secretariat.

President Mikhail Saakashvili appointed Zurab Nogaideli as Prime Minister of Georgia on February 8–following the death of Prime Minister Zurab Zhvania from carbon monoxide poisoning.

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