Foreign visits
President Serzh Sargsyan participated in an unofficial summit of the Heads of states

18.12.2009 - 21.12.2009

An unofficial summit of the Heads of states took place on December 19, at the Ak Bulak compound near the former capital of Kazakhstan Alma Ati. The summit is attended by the Presidents of Armenia, the Russian Federation, Kazakhstan, Belarus, Kyrgyzystan, Tajikistan, and Turkmenistan.

The Presidents of the states gathered to discuss issues related to the integration processes in the CIS area, deepening of the economic and trade relations, the newly created anti-crisis fund, security on the territory of countries of the Collective Security Treaty Organization, and prospects of cooperation in international organizations.

During the informal meeting, the President of Armenia Serzh Sargsyan expressed gratitude to the President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbaev for organizing the summit, noting that during the similar informal meeting of the Presidents last December a number of pivotal decision were made aimed at the promotion of integration processes and resolution of concrete issues facing our countries. Those decisions have been successfully implemented this year, including the creation of the Rapid Response Force and establishment of a technological center. President Sargsyan stressed the importance of the activities directed at deepening of cooperation and integration processes, including military and technical cooperation and joint training of personnel, and further strengthening of security.

Serzh Sargsyan stressed also the importance of a joint response of the CSTO states to all instances of the violation by a country of the accepted norms of international law or disregard for the fundamental principles of the organization.

President Sargsyan congratulated Nursultan Nazarbaev with Kazakhstan’s Chairmanship of the OSCE in 2010. The President of Armenia noted that this was the first time when the OSCE was chaired by the CSTO country and added that our country supported Kazakhstan’s candidacy for chairmanship based on understanding that it would allow the CSTO member states to make their approaches and arguments regarding regional issues as well as issues of international cooperation, peace and security more audible.

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