YEREVAN (Armenpress)–A few days before President Kocharian’s visit to Moscow to take part in a regular summit of the CIS heads of state–Kocharian told the Russian Itar-Tass news agency that–"looking behind–the CIS–over its first ten years–managed to accomplish the tasks it set out to at the very beginning."
"Because of the CIS–we have managed to maintain a level of integration with the former USSR republics–which continued to develop during the last ten years," said Kocharian–adding that the CIS member countries managed not only to mitigate disintegration processes in the wake of the USSR collapse–but also to maintain a mutually profitable cooperation.
"Having in mind the similarity of problems each CIS member country faced–the CIS was an integral tool in the exchange of the experience and search for solutions to those problems," said Armenia’s president.
Kocharian continued saying that the CIS member countries have also made significant steps towards strengthening the security and stability–fighting international terrorism and preventing religious fanaticism from developing further.
"Another key factor of CIS is its economic component–the creation of a common economic market," said President Kocharian. According to Kocharian–no one can doubt the viability of the CIS despite the difficulties it faced and will continue to face.
Kocharian will leave for Moscow on Thursday to participate in the meeting of the Council of CIS Heads of State. The president’s delegation will include Prime Minister Andranik Margarian–Foreign Minister Vartan Oskanian–Defense Minister Serge Sargsian–Minister-Chief of Government Staff Manuk Topuzian–Armenia’s plenipotentiary to the CIS and Armenia’s Ambassador to Belarus Suren Harutiunian–and Ambassador to Russia Suren Sahakian.
The summit participants are expected to discuss the ten years’ activities of the CIS and its long-term tasks. The leaders of the CIS member-countries will also discuss a protocol on approving the provisions of the order of the organization and holding anti-terrorist measures in CIS territory.
Robert Kocharian is due to hold a series of meetings in the Russian capital.
A meeting between the presidents of Armenia and Georgia will be held on Thursday. A meeting of the presidents of Russia–Armenia–Georgia and Azerbaijan and also a trilateral meeting of the presidents of Russia–Armenia and Azerbaijan will be held on Friday.
President Kocharian is also expected to meet with Belarus’ President Alexander Lukashenko.
Kocharian and the delegation will return to Yerevan on Friday.
The next two weeks will be packed with diplomacy–announced the Foreign Minister Vartan Oskanian at a press conference on Tuesday.
The foreign minister left for Moscow on Wednesday morning to participate in the regular meeting of the foreign ministers of the Collective Security Treaty member-countries. The main topics for discussion during the meeting will be the situation in Afghanistan–the formation of a new government–and the security problems in the Central Asia. Three countries of the Central Asia region are members of the Collective Security Treaty – Tajikistan–Kazakhstan and Kirgizstan. A common declaration will be prepared at the meeting and it will be submitted to the presidents. An attempt will be made to form a common approach to the post-war situation in Afghanistan and the questions arising from it–in particular–the issue of forming a government in Afghanistan.
Vartan Oskanian attended the regular meeting of the CIS ministers on Wednesday. The minister outlined two of the documen’s discussed. The first document outlined the plans for the future activities of the ten-year old CIS. This document will be submitted to the CIS meeting of the member countries’ presidents. The second document dealt with the effectiveness of the foreign policy of the CIS countries.
Prime Minister Andranik Margarian will leave for Moscow on Thursday to participate in the CIS summit–as well.
The Armenian delegation led by Andranik Margarian will include Minister-Chief of Government Staff Manuk Topuzian–Armenia’s Permanent Plenipotentiary to the CIS Suren Harutiunian–Armenia’s Ambassador to Russia Suren Sahakian–Armenia’s representative to the Commission on Economic Affairs attached to the CIS Economic Council Artak Vartanian–heads of corresponding departmen’s of the government’s staff–and other ministers.