FRENCH GOVERNMENT PRESENTS ARMED FORCES OF ARMENIA WITH MEDICAL
EQUIPMENT WORTH A TOTAL OF $1 MLN


YEREVAN, DECEMBER 1. ARMINFO. The government of France has presented
the armed forces of Armenia with medical equipment worth a total of $1
mln. The transfer of the humanitarian assistance was held at the
central clinical hospital of the Ministry of Defence of Armenia.

Ambassador of France to Armenia Henry Cuny mentioned that the gesture
of the French government is of special importance. "Taking into
account the conflict of the region France has limited the cooperation
with Armenia in the sphere of defence", the ambassador mentioned and
added that any cooperation in the defence sphere might arouse protests
of other countries of the region, and for this reason the French
government has decided to provide assistance in the sphere of army
health-care. Henry Cuny stressed that France has found time and funds
for sending humanitarian assistance to Armenia just at the moment when
France itself needs vehicles in connection the events in Cote
d'Ivoire. He also mentioned that the Armenian side has highly assessed
the assistance of the French Republic and expressed for further
bilateral cooperation.

Deputy Defence Minister of Armenia, Lieut-Gen Arthur Aghabekian, on
behalf of Defence Minister Serge Sargsian and all the servicemen of
the country, expressed gratitude to the government of France and
stressed that the humanitarian assistance will serve only peaceful
purposes. The deputy minister mentioned that the surgical instruments,
blankets and other medical accessories will be distributed to
hospitals.

From: Emil Lazarian | Ararat NewsPress