President Kocharian Meets US Congressmen, MCC CEO

PRESIDNET KOCHARIAN MEETS US CONGRESSMEN, MCC CEO

Armenpress
Apr 12 2006

YEREVAN, APRIL 12, ARMENPRESS: President Robert Kocharian received
today US Congressmen Jim Kolbe and Congressman Scott Garrett and
Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) CEO John J. Danilovich, who
are visiting Armenia April 10-12 as part of regional travel.

Kocharian’s press office said the president expressed his satisfaction
with dynamically developing US-Armenian relations which he said
expanded year after year. Kocharian thanked the government of the USA
for the release of hefty extra US aid to Armenia within the frameworks
of the Millennium Challenges Corporation (MCC), saying that Armenia
remains committed to strengthening of democracy and liberal market
relations, for which the MCC aid is intended for.

Kocharian underscored the importance of the aid because it targets
mainly rural population and is aimed mainly at improving rural roads
and reconstruction of irrigation systems. Civil society development
and the importance of free and fair elections in Armenia in 2007 and
2008 are important for Armenia’s continued eligibility for funding
by the Millennium Challenge Corporation.

The parties also spoke about the process of resolution of the
Nagorno-Karabakh problem.

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