YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–The Armenian and Russian Associations of Sister Towns signed a cooperation agreement at the Armenian Society of Cultural Ties on October 13. The agreement was signed by Executive Director of the Armenian Association David Kostanian and Deputy Chairman of the International Association Sergey Paramonov.
Paramonov said that the aspiration towards mutual assistance between the Armenian and Russian peoples knows no borders and is beyond political conjuncture. There is a desire of the two peoples to live in peace and friendship. To confirm his words–Paramonov said that in November the International Association is organizing an international conference "The Caucasus–Partnership of Towns." Tbilisi has been chosen as a venue for the conference.
David Kostanian–Executive Director of the Armenian Association–which was registered with the Ministry of Justice the same day–said that the agreement will allow the Armenian side to establish closer ties with Russian–Ukrainian and Belarussian towns–especially in terms of economic contacts. It will promote broader involvement of sister towns in the economic projects of TACIS.
The Association embraces 22 cities and towns of Armenia.