MOSCOW (Itar-Tass)–Levon Ter- Petrosyan paid an official visit to the Russian Federation from August 29 to 30.
The leaders of the two countries discussed the entire range of bilateral relations and a wide array of international issues–as well as the situation in the Caucasus. The visit was held in an atmosphere of frankness–trust and mutual understanding–according to a Russian presidential press service statement transmitted to Itar-Tass Saturday. The text of the statement follows:
The two countries confirmed a broad coincidence of their views in the political–military-strategic and economic areas–and a convergence of approaches toward global and regional problems.
Boris Yeltsin and Ter-Petrosyan signed the Treaty of Friendship–Cooperation and Mutual Assistance–and the comprehensive Joint Russian-Armenian Declaration.
The new Russian-Armenian Treaty contains the obligations of the two countries to develop close cooperation with each other–to protect the sovereignty and territorial integrity–and to ensure the security of Russia and Armenia.
It has been provided that the sides will render international assistance–including military–to each other within their right to collective defense pursuant to Article 51 of the UN Charter.
The Treaty reiterates that the protection of the borders of the Republic of Armenia with non-CIS countries will be carried out jointly in accordance with the interests of their security and the collective security of the CIS.
Economic provisions of the Treaty call for assistance in enhancing economic integration between the two countries–creating conditions for building a single economic space under their obligations arising from bilateral and multilateral treaties and agreemen’s signed within the framework of the CIS.
The Treaty is also designed to strengthen ties between Russia and Armenia in various cultural fields. It particularly notes the historic role of the Russian language in relations between the Russian and Armenian people.
The Treaty’s term is 25 years with an automatic extension for 10-year periods.
The Joint Russian-Armenian Declaration confirmed the coincidence or proximity of the positions of the heads of the two countries on key international issues and their desire to continue close cooperation in the foreign policy area.
During the visit of the president of Armenia–[the sides] also signed a package of bilateral treaties and agreemen’s covering cooperation in the commercial–economic–financial–military–legal–humanitarian–cultural–information and education areas.
Yeltsin and Ter-Petrosyan reiterated their determination to continue consistent efforts to implement the provisions of the Kislovodsk Declaration For Interethnic Accord–Peace–and Economic and Cultural Cooperation in the Caucasus adopted at the June 3–1996 meeting of the presidents of the Azerbaijani Republic–the Republic of Armenia–Georgia and the Russian Federation. They expressed concern about attempts to replace the desire of the Caucasus peoples to live in peace in a common home with narrow ethnic interests.
The presidents of Russia and Armenia’stressed the need for a comprehensive settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict only by peaceful means on a fair basis acceptable for all sides.
During the visit–Ter-Petrosyan unveiled a monument to Armenian-Russian friendship and inaugurated an exhibition dedicated to the 100th birth anniversary of Marshal Ivan Bagramyan.
When assessing the visit–Yeltsin and Ter- Petrosyan noted its great importance for the development of Russian-Armenian relations and further strengthening of the foundation on which they are built on the threshold of a new millennium.