YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–CIS Executive Secretary Yuri Yarov’s meeting with Armenian President Robert Kocharian discussed issues connected with the establishment of a free trade zone–the agenda of the CIS summit to be held in Moscow next month–the meetings of CIS heads of government and foreign ministers–as well as the meeting of the Economic Council slated for December 24.
Yarov gave a press briefing following his meeting with Kocharian.
He said that his meeting with the Armenian president also discussed the fulfillment of tasks set by the Council of Heads of State to the Executive Committee–in particular–to create conditions for the elimination conflicts in CIS territory.
The two also discussed the current state of affairs in the economic sphere as well as issues regarding regulations of meetings of heads of state and succession in CIS bodies management.
Yarov said that one of the goals of his tour of Central Asia and then of the Transcaucasus was to report to CIS leaders on the work done to enforce the decisions made by heads of state on April 2 and the heads of government on June 4 in Minsk and October 8 in Yalta.
According to him–the next CIS summit scheduled for January 20 aroused Azerbaijan’s objections. The CIS Executive Secretary thinks the objections to be justified as January 20 is a tragic day for Azerbaijan–marking the tenth anniversary of the invasion of Soviet troops in Baku.
Therefore–it was suggested that the summit be held on January 25. The other states have agreed on both dates. If the latter date is confirmed–the meeting of foreign ministers–will be rescheduled from January 19 to January 24.
Yarov believes that the efficiency of economic cooperation and peace-making activities is more important than CIS structure.
The CIS has fulfilled its primary task–a civilized "divorce" of the republics of the former Soviet Union. The second task is to preserve traditional–cultural–social and technological ties among the peoples. There is a common aspiration to preserve the common market.
According to Yarov–the CIS is the most democratic system of cooperation among states combining solutions to common problems and promoting deeper ties. The union is not a "sham" as it was built on voluntary lines. As for its efficiency–Yarov said that it will grow as the outlined reforms are carried out.
Commenting on the results of parliamentary elections in Russia–Yarov pointed out that as a citizen he was satisfied with their results. We hope that the new composition of the State Duma will be a greater support to the government–which means that cooperation within the CIS will become more effective.