NATO secretary general, Armenian leadership to discuss cooperation

NATO secretary general, Armenian leadership to discuss cooperation

29.10.2004 12:11:00 GMT 

Yerevan. (Interfax) – NATO General Secretary Jaap de Hoop Scheffer
will meet with the Armenian administration in Yerevan to discuss the
development of Armenian-NATO cooperation, NATO Assistant Secretary
General for Public Diplomacy Jean Fournet told reporters in Yerevan
on Thursday.

Among the issues to be addressed during this visit are issues relating
to the development and intensification of Armenia’s participation in
the NATO Partnership for Peace program, Fournet said.

Scheffer is scheduled to visit Yerevan on November 5.

Fournet recalled that NATO has declared the Southern Caucasus an
area of its strategic interests and said NATO’s relations with the
countries of this region are currently experiencing a rise.

NATO is currently suggesting to its partners developing plans for
individuals cooperation with the Alliance, which will help each of
these countries be involved in cooperation with NATO to the degree to
which the administrations of these countries will want to be involved
in it, Fournet said.

In addition, he said that a NATO office on liaison with the countries
of the Southern Caucasus will be appointed in the near future.

The NATO secretary general has previously appointed its official
representative in the Southern Caucasus.

The Armenian administration has recently expressed an interest in
developing its cooperation with NATO. Armenia believes cooperation
with the Alliance cannot hurt its military and strategic cooperation
with Russia.