Kocharian welcomes wider Europe, new neighbors concept

March 17 2004


YEREVAN, MARCH 17, ARMENPRESS: Armenian president Robert Kocharian
has reaffirmed today his country’s commitment to enlarge the frames
and deepen cooperation between Armenia and the European Union.
Receiving a delegation of the European Union-Armenian parliamentary
cooperation commission, led by Ursula Schleikher, Kocharian described
economic relations between the parties as “very practical,” and
welcomed the process known as “Wider Europe, New Neighbors.”
“It is a serious incentive for Armenia to continue the process of
reforms and bring its legislation in compliance with European
standards,” Kocharian was quoted by his press office as saying.
Members of the delegation, who visited previously Armenia in 2002,
noted a significant progress since then, especially in what relates
to economy and stability. Ms. Schleikher was quoted as saying that
the South Caucasus is in the focus of Europe’s interests, which wants
it to be a region of stability and peace.
Kocharian briefed the delegation on a variety of issues, including
also prospects for resolving the Karabagh conflict.