YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–An Armenian delegation led by National Assembly Speaker Khosrov Harutiunian visited Georgia on May 1-3 at the invitation of Georgian Parliament Speaker Zurab Zhvania. The Armenian parliamentary delegation held meetings with high-ranking Georgian officials–including President Edward Shevardnadze–Speaker Zurab Zhvania–Catholicos Ilya II among others.
The results of the visit were announced by Vahagn Mkrtchian–advisor to the parliament speaker–on Tuesday. Mkrtchian said the visit was significant–because after the power shift in Armenia it was necessary to assure the neighboring state that the agreemen’s regarding regional problems remain in force–and Armenia will continue its policy.
During the visit the Georgia and Armenia’signed an agreement on interparliamentary cooperation–particularly pledging to promote the development of interparliamentary relations–regular information exchange–formation of a compatible legislative field–harmonization of the two legislatures. It was also decided that a joint commission for interparliamentary relations will organize and coordinate the relations between the two parliamen’s. Mkrtchian reported that when this agreement is enforced–the May 19–1993 agreement on interparliamentary cooperation will be considered void.
According to Mkrtchian–the sides also stressed the importance of cooperation in the sphere of customs–transit communications. He noted that Georgia voiced willingness to contribute to the development of transport cooperation between Armenia-Georgia-Romania and Armenia-Georgia-Bulgaria.
Mkrtchian said that it was noted at the meeting that Armenia advocates any economic cooperation–but considers it inadmissible to ignore the interests of any country in the region. The Georgian side affirmed that it will not undertake any program that ignores the interests of Armenia.
According to Mkrtchian–the two states have planned to cooperate in certain fields of industry–science–as well as in the matter of regional security.
Mkrtchian said Armenia and Georgia have no political problems–and Georgia can promote rapprochement between Armenia and Azerbaijan.
Regarding the proposed Caucasian Home and resolution of current regional conflicts–both Georgia and Armenia maintained that conflicts should be settled in accordance with international norms.
Georgian President Edward Shevardnadze told the Armenian delegates that he personally called on Azeri President Haidar Aliyev to lead direct bilateral negotiations. Sculpture of First Armenian