Armenia interested in stability in Georgia – premier

ITAR-TASS News Agency
July 21, 2004 Wednesday

Armenia interested in stability in Georgia – premier

By Tigran Liloyan


Armenia is interested in stability in Georgia, Prime Minister
Andranik Margaryan said Wednesday, at a meeting with Georgian Foreign
Minister Salome Zurabishvili, who arrived here on an official visit.

“Armenian-Georgian relations are one of the elements of regional
stability which, however, require permanent attention and
discussions, especially in the economic sphere,” the prime minister

He expressed satisfaction over a “high level of inter-state relations
with Georgia,” which he said were based on mutual trust and

Margaryan expressed the hope that Georgian authorities would continue
to pay attention to the problems of Armenians living in Dzhavakhetia,
as well as to issues of the socio-economic sphere, education and
culture of ethnic Armenians in Georgia.

He reiterated the readiness of the Armenian government to contribute
to the programs of economic development of the Georgian region of
Samtskhe-Javakheti, which is mostly populated by ethnic Armenians.