March 23 2004
US DEPUTY SECRETARY OF STATE TO VISIT ARMENIA
WASHINGTON, MARCH 23, ARMENPRESS: U.S. Deputy Secretary of State
Richard Armitage will travel to Armenia, Azerbaijan and Ukraine this
week, the State Department announced Monday. He will leave Washington
March 24 for the three-day trip to the three states. Armitage will
travel first to the Ukraine capital Kiev and then continue on to
Yerevan, Armenia and Baku, Azerbaijan.
He will meet with senior government officials and other political
leaders and groups that promote democracy and civil society, the
department said. All three countries are members of the former Soviet
Union and are situated in an area with both strategic and economic
interest for the United States. In Yerevan he will meet with
president Kocharian and foreign minister Oskanian to discuss, among
other issues, also the safety of Armenian nuclear power plant in
Metsamor, for which the US government has released $1 million.