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 PostPosted: Wed May 12, 2004 10:31 am    Post subject: [E] Armenia president not to attend NATO summit in Istanbul Reply with quote Back to top

Armenia president not to attend NATO summit in Istanbul

ITAR-TASS, Russia
May 10 2004

YEREVAN, May 10 (Itar-Tass) -President Robert Kocharyan of Armenia
will not take part in the NATO summit in Istanbul late in June,
presidential press secretary Ashot Kocharyan said on Monday.

He said in an interview with Tass this decision "is explained by
the current state of Armenian-Turkish relations." "No progress in
bilateral relations was seen in 2003," the press secretary said.
"Armenia reiterates its readiness to improve relations with Turkey
without preliminary conditions," he said.

Armenian Foreign Minister Vardan Oskanyan will represent the country
at Istanbul's summit. The press secretary said relations between
Armenia and NATO "are developing on the line of ascent within the
framework of the 'Partnership for Peace' programme."

He reminded that in 2003 the president visited Brussels, where he
met with high-ranking NATO officials as well as took part in NATO
summits in Washington and Prague.
 
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 PostPosted: Thu May 13, 2004 10:27 am    Post subject: Turkish Article Reply with quote Back to top

ARMENIAN PRESIDENT DECLINES INVITATION TO NATO SUMMIT IN ISTANBUL

Radikal, Turkey
May 11 2004

Armenian officials announced yesterday that President Robert Kocharian
had declined to attend next month's NATO summit in Istanbul. According
to a statement from the Armenian president's office, the decision
was made to protest a lack of progress in relations between Ankara
and Yerevan. Armenian Foreign Minister Vartan Oskanyan is expected
to go in Kocharian's stead. The statement also underlined that
Yerevan remains ready to cooperate with Ankara to improve bilateral
relations. /Radikal-Star/
 
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 PostPosted: Thu May 13, 2004 10:28 am    Post subject: Turkish Article Reply with quote Back to top

Armenian Leader Kocharyan Passes on NATO Summit

Zaman, Turkey
May 11 2004

Armenian President Robert Kocharyan reportedly will not participate
in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) summit, which will
be held in Istanbul in late June. In his statement to the Russian
Itar-Tass news agency, Armenian Presidential Press Secretary Ashot
Kocharyan said that the decision of President Kocharyan could be
explained by 'the current situation of the relations between Armenia
and Turkey'.

Kocharyan stressed that there has not been any further development
in the Armenia-Turkey relationship.

"I want to emphasize that Armenia is ready to develop its relations
with Turkey without putting forward any pre-conditions," said the Press
Secretary. Kocharyan then added that Foreign Affairs Minister Vardan
Oskanyan would represent Armenia at the NATO summit. He finished by
saying that the relations between Armenia and NATO would continue
around the concept of Partnership for Peace.
 
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