CIS Secretary General Meets with Armenian Officials

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–Both the CIS Collective Security Agreement and the CIS itself necessitate change–President Robert Kocharian said Wednesday at a meeting with Secretary General of the CIS Security Council Vladimir Zemsky.

They discussed the Collective Security Agreement and the development of military and economic–military and technical cooperation within the framework of the Agreement–as well as the establishment of a system of collective security.

Pointing out that Armenia has been actively participating in the current Agreement for the past six years–Zemsky voiced confidence that the cooperation would be continued in the future as well.

Zemsky was in Armenia to meet with its new government and gather its views on the CIS Collective Security Agreement.

Zemsky also met with Foreign Minister Vardan Oskanian and Defense Minister Vazgen Sargssian.

It was confirmed that Armenia views the Agreement as an important instrument of its national security and acknowledges the role of the Agreement in the military economic and technical cooperation.

Armenia was in support of preparing legislation which would translate into reality the military-technical cooperation.

During Zemsky’s meeting with Oskanian–the sides again exchanged their views on prospects for further development of military and political cooperation under the CIS Collective Security Agreement–as well as discussed the establishment of a system of collective security on the bases of this agreement.

They also stressed the need for coordinated efforts in opposing new challenges–threats and risks typical of the new geopolitical situation.

Oskanian and Zemsky pointed to the importance of the Collective Security Agreement as a stabilizing factor in the region–emphasizing that the latter may become a component of a general security system in Europe and Asia in the future.


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