14:39 01/04/06

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 Armenia's serious
concern that the military rhetoric of Azerbaijan's leaders is finding
its expression in an increasingly large number of violations by the
Azerbaijani military along the line of contact.

Armenia's Foreign Minister also discussed UN reforms, and welcomed
the formation of the new Human Rights Council, expressing Armenia's
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 Armenia's
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 Armenia's
Diaspora, Armenia's business community, the Armenian government and
international organizations.

Press and information department of Ministry of foreign affairs of
the Republic of Armenia