Armenian Minister, US Official Discuss Military Ties, Karabakh


June 27 2011

Yerevan, 27 June: Armenian Minister of Defence Seyran Ohanyan discussed
today Armenian-American military cooperation issues with US Deputy
Assistant Secretary of Defense Celeste Wallander, who has arrived
in Yerevan.

The sides noted with pleasure that Armenian-American military
cooperation successfully develops both in bilateral format and within
the framework of the North-Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).

Noting importance of Armenia’s participation in international
peacekeeping operations, Celeste Wallander highly appreciated the
mission of Armenian peacekeepers in Afghanistan, as well as Armenia’s
readiness to participate in Afghan security forces’ training and
retraining works.

She assured that the USA will continue supporting Armenia’s efforts
on peacekeeping, military education and defence reforms.

Seyran Ohanyan thanked Celeste Wallander for the expert assistance,
rendered by the USA for Armenia’s Strategic Defence Review.

During the meeting they also exchanged opinions concerning issues
of regional security and the Nagornyy Karabakh problem. The Armenian
minister of defence noted that Armenia, which supports settlement of
the Karabakh issue peacefully, strictly observes the cease-fire.

Seyran Ohanyan expressed concern also concerning the fact that the
Azerbaijani side does not demonstrate the same readiness as to the
issue of observing the cease-fire, as a result of which cases of
cease-fire violation are regularly registered.

From: Baghdasarian

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