04, 2009

President Serzh Sargsyan received the Deputy Secretary General of NATO, Ambassador Claudio Bizoniero

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Today, President Serzh Sargsyan received the Deputy Secretary General of NATO, Ambassador Claudio Bizoniero.

The President of Armenia said that the European direction remains one of Armenia’s foreign policy priorities and cooperation with NATO is one of its crucial elements. Our cooperation with NATO in the framework of Partnership for Peace Program was identified by Serzh Sargsyan as a component of Armenia’s national security structure.

Ambassador Bizoniero passed to the President of Armenia greetings from the Secretary General of NATO, Jaap de Hoop Scheffer. Noting, that this was the first high level visit since 2004, Claudio Bizoniero said that it testifies to the importance that NATO attaches to its relations with Armenia. According to him, NATO is satisfied with the progress registered in different areas of cooperation with Armenia. The Deputy Secretary General of NATO hailed reforms currently underway in the area of defense, as well as Armenia’s participation in a number of NATO sponsored programs, in particular, programs dealing with the fight against international terrorism, peacekeeping operations, and others.

The sides concurred that the Individual Partnership Action Plan is a good instrument for advancing bilateral cooperation.

The parties exchanged also views related to the maintenance of regional security and stability. In the context of improving security climate in the region, the President of Armenia stressed the importance of a peaceful resolution of the existing conflicts.

The high level official said that NATO welcomes the ongoing Armenian-Turkish political dialogue and progress registered in the process.

With regard to the NK conflict resolution, he noted that even though NATO is not directly involved in the process, it follows the developments carefully and welcomes any effort that is directed at the peaceful resolution of the conflict.

The two sides agreed that the conflict should be resolved in accordance with all fundamental principles of international law and that one particular principle cannot overrule the other.

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