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Foreign Minister Oskanian Concludes Visits with SG Kofi Annan and
UN Leadership

Foreign Minister Vartan Oskanian concluded two days of visits with the
UN leadership in New York. On Thursday March 30 and Friday March 31,
Minister Oskanian met with Kofi Annan, Secretary General of the UN,
Jan Eliasson, President of the 60th Session of the General Assembly of
the UN and Kemal Dervis, Administrator of the UN Development Program.

With Secretary General Annan and with GA President Eliasson, Minister
Oskanian spoke about the Nagorno Karabakh resolution process as
well as recent ceasefire violations. He expressed Armeniašs serious
concern that the military rhetoric of Azerbaijanšs leaders is finding
its expression in an increasingly large number of violations by the
Azerbaijani military along the line of contact.

Armeniašs Foreign Minister also discussed UN reforms, and welcomed
the formation of the new Human Rights Council, expressing Armeniašs
interest in remaining engaged in human rights issues.

In these meetings, and during his talks with Mr. Dervis of the
UNDP, Minister Oskanian also stressed Armeniašs commitment to rural
development.

He stressed that the Millennium Challenge Compact, recently
signed with the US Government, will create a momentum and that
the Armenian government is committed to building on this momentum
with a comprehensive plan for rural development that is based on
a public-private partnership which includes Armeniašs Diaspora,
Armeniašs business community, the Armenian government and international
organizations.

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