Bulgarian Prime Ministers Visits Armenian Parliament

YEREVAN (Armenpress)–Bulgarian Prime Minister Sergey Stanishev visited the Armenian National Assembly Wednesday where he was greeted by Speaker of the Parliament Tigran Torosian, Deputy Speaker Arevik Petrosian, the heads of permanent commissions and the head of the Armenia-Bulgaria parliamentary friendship group Manvel Badeyan. Also present were the Bulgarian Ambassador to Armenia Stefan Dimitrov and Armenian Ambassador to Bulgaria Andranik Manukian. Speaking about the ancient friendship between the two countries the National Assembly speaker Tigran Torosian considered the visit of the Bulgarian prime minister an important impetus for the development of relations. He said that after the collapse of the Soviet Union, the relations between the two countries experienced developed in all spheres. Torosian said that he is pleased with the development of inter-parliamentary relations, adding, that he accepts the invitation of his Bulgarian counterpart to pay an official visit to Sofia in 2008. Underscoring the Bulgaria’s experience, Torrosian noted that Armenia has declared European integration a priority in its foreign policy. The Bulgarian Prime Minister, registering the friendly relations between the two countries, noted that the governmen’s and parliamen’s change, but the atmosphere of friendship and cooperation remains between the two countries, which is a prerequisite for their further development. Noting that a lot of Armenia’s are living in Bulgaria, Stanishev said they are fully integrated in the political and economic life of the country, which is the most important thing as it is people who develop ties between the countries. Stanishev also agreed that there still exists a great potential for the development of economic ties between the two countries. He also spoke about the work of the intergovernmental commission, continued cooperation between the two ministries and the conduction of business forums. Referring to the cultural ties between the two countries, Stanishev said he is very glad that Bulgarian Cultural Year will be conducted in Armenia in 2008. Speaking of the establishment of peace in the region and the existence of an atmosphere of cooperation in the region, Stanishev noted that Bulgaria realizes quite well the difficulty of regulating the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict and knows that it is an open wound for Armenia and Azerbaijan. According to him, no matter how difficult the situation, the experience of the Balkans shows that it is better to negotiate for 365 days than be in war for one day. He said Bulgaria supports the activity of the OSCE Minsk Group and sees the settlement of the conflict through negotiations and peaceful means. During the meeting the two sides also discussed other issues of mutual interest.

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