DEFENSE MINISTER: ARMENIA'S NATIONAL SECURITY STRATEGY GOOD DOCUMENT

Arka News Agency, Armenia
Dec 27 2006

YEREVAN, December 27. /ARKA/. Armenia's National Security Strategy is
a good document, Secretary of National Security Council and Minister
of Defense Serge Sargsyan told the Public TV yesterday.

According to him, the Strategy underwent thorough examinations,
including those made by international centers. Scientific circles
held relevant discussions.

'As a result, Armenia has a good document that will become a political
action program for the authorities. Evidently, the Strategy will
shortly be of benefit to the population and to the country as a whole,"
the Minister said.

According to him, officials could be of different opinions on a
particular subject, before the Strategy was developed, which was
unacceptable.

Now the Strategy will ensure a consensus of opinions, and a
mini-strategy will be elaborated for each sphere, Sargsyan said.

On December 1, 2006, Serge Sargsyan presented Armenia's National
Security Strategy in the Armenian Parliament. The Minister pointed
out it has been elaborated on the basis of democratization principles
and complementary foreign policy.

The Interagency Commission for coordinating the elaboration of the
National Security Strategy gave its final approval to the document
on December 15, 2006.

The Strategy is expected to be adopted in May 2007.