YEREVAN (Armenpress–Noyan Tapan)–The Armenian constitutional court–on January 10–examined the provisions contained in a non-proliferation treaty signed between the Armenian and US governmen’s on July 24–2000. The aim of the treaty is the prevention of transportation of mass destruction–chemical and biological weapons–as well as the prevention of their unsanctioned transit through Armenia. The constitutional court decided that the fixed provisions in the treaty are in line with the Constitution.
Defense Minister Serge Sarkissian noted that after the treaty becomes effective–the US government will allocate $3 million worth of aid for the installment of advanced equipment at Armenia’s border check points and customs offices–and for the training of personnel for such services.
Sarkissian pointed out that the governmen’s of neighboring Azerbaijan and Georgia have already ratified similar treaties and have received a considerable amount of financial aid.
According to Sarkissian–if the agreement is carried out–Armenia will not only receive considerable material and financial assistance–but will also get a chance to develop long-term cooperation with "such a powerful country as the United States–which is the decisive geopolitical unit."