YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–President Robert Kocharian provided the history and the current developmen’s in the Mountainous Karabagh conflict settlement process during his meeting with members of the joint mission of the German Marshall Fund of the US (GMF) and the Project on Transitional Democracies (PTD).
Noting that a resolution to the Karabagh problem is important both to Armenia and the entire region–Kocharian said–"It is appreciated that the problem is getting the attention of various centers and individuals of expertise–and there is certain interest to study it more deeply in order to become acquainted with details on the spot."
The President pointed to the significance of the international community’s focus on establishing peace and stability in the South Caucasus–evidenced by the GMF/PTD joint mission there.
Armenia’s foreign policy–relations with the neighboring countries–and the country’s economic development were also discussed.
The German Marshall Fund of the United States is an American public policy and grant making institution dedicated to promoting greater cooperation and understanding between the United States and Europe. All GMF activities are organized within three principal program areas: transatlantic policy–transatlantic leadership–and wider Europe. Founded in 1972 through a gift from Germany as a permanent memorial to Marshall Plan assistance–GMF maintains a strong presence on both sides of the Atlantic.
The Project on Transitional Democracies was established in 2002 to facilitate the democratic transformation of Europe’s new post-1989 democracies and educate key decision-makers and the political leadership of the countries in transition.