Nato Sec. Gen. appreciates cooperation with Armenia


Pan Armenian News
16.06.2005 09:21

/PanARMENIAN.Net/ Today Armenian Foreign Minister Vartan Oskanian met
with NATO Secretary General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer in Brussels, reported
the Press Service of the Armenian Foreign Ministry. Having appreciated
the cooperation in Armenia in diverse aspects, Mr. Scheffer said he
was sure that the Individual Partnership Action Plan will provide new
opportunities for further cooperation. As the instance of the NATO
Sec. Gen. V. Oskanian acquainted him with the prospects of settlement
of the Nagorno Karabakh conflict, as well as presented issues relating
to regional developments and security. Today the Armenian FM met with
European Union External Relations and European Neighborhood Policy
Commissioner Benita Ferrero-Waldner, passing the package of preliminary
proposals of the Armenian party on the EU-Armenian Program of Actions
within the EU Wider Europe: New Neighbors Program. In the course
of the meeting the parties discussed opportunities of EU-Armenia
cooperation within the EU New Neighborhood policy. Besides, the
parties touched upon issues of relations of Armenia with neighboring
countries and the Nagorno Karabakh settlement. Within the framework
of the visit to Brussels V. Oskanian met with EU Council Secretary
General, EU Commissioner for Foreign Policy and Security Javier
Solana. The parties discussed the process of settlement of the Nagorno
Karabakh conflict, prospects of regional cooperation, including the
problem of opening the Armenian-Turkish border, regional economic and
transport initiatives under the aegis of the EU, as well as questions
referring to the working out of the Armenia-EU Program of Actions
within the EU New Neighborhood Policy. A wide range of issues was
also discussed in the course of a meeting the Armenian FM had with
European Commission External Relations Deputy Director-General Michael
Leigh. The interlocutors specifically exchanged views over the working
out of the Armenia-EU Program of Actions within the EU New Neighborhood
Policy and common European processes. June 17 V. Oskanian will leave
for Paris, where he will meet with Azeri FM Elmar Mamedyarov.

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