Labor Minister Affirms Reforms, International Commitmen’s

YEREVAN (Armenpress)–Representatives from governmental and non-governmental organizations were in Yerevan meeting with Armenian officials at the Armenian Labor and Social Affairs Ministry Tuesday.
Representatives from the United Nations, Heads from USAID, the delegation of the European Commission to Armenia and a number of other international organizations working in Armenia were briefed by Minister Aghvan Vartanian on the situation in the country and its current undertakings, the ministry’s press serve told Armenpress.
The minister discussed the pre-electoral atmosphere in Armenia, Election Day, post-election developmen’s, and the March 1 unrest. He elaborated the current situation in Armenia and explained the government’s necessity for declaring a state of emergency.
Vartanian also discussed recent ceasefire violations by Azerbaijan.
UN program coordinator Consuelo Vidal expressed her gratitude on behalf of the participants for the meeting and opportunity to get information from a member of the government.
"The government continues its normal activity," Vartanian said. "We are resolute in implementing the reforms of the second generation as well as in implementing all our international commitmen’s."
In other news, Armenian President Robert Kocharian met Monday with Armenian Agriculture Minister David Lokian to discuss the implementation of government backed agricultural programs, Kocharian’s press office said.
The Agriculture Minister also provided Kocharian with a report on its activities in preventing price hikes for agricultural goods that have been affected by surging world prices. Lokian told Kocharian that the country’s priority is to achieve grain self-sufficiency.
The two men also spoke about the latest government plan to boost domestic corn production in Tavush and Lori provinces. They discussed also the process of agriculture subsidizing, which will affect 100,000 Armenian farmers in 2008.

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