KOCHARIAN ATTACHES IMPORTANCE TO DEVELOPMENT OF ARMENIAN-GREEK RELATIONS AND COOPERATION WITHIN NATO AND EU

Noyan Tapan News Agency, Armenia
Oct 6 2005

YEREVAN, OCTOBER 6, NOYAN TAPAN - ARMENIANS TODAY. Greece is a friendly
and partner country for Armenia. RA President Robert Kocharian stated
about this receiving Spilios Spiliotopoulos, the Minister of National
Defence of Greece on October 5. The President attached importance
both to development of bilateral relations and cooperation within
the framework of NATO and the European Union.

Mentioning that a good tradition of an effective cooperation has
been created between the Defence Ministries of the two countries,
Robert Kocharian expressed confidence that it will continue with
success from now on as well.

As Noyan Tapan was informed by the RA President's Press Office,
the Minister of National Defence of Greece assured in the Greek
party's wish to continue and strengthen the mutual cooperation. He
mentioned with satisfaction that the Armenian peace-keeping platoon
implementing a peace-keeping mission in the Greek devision in Kosovo
expresses itself perfectly.

Spilios Spiliotopoulos said that along with material-technical
assistance showen to Armed Forces of Armenia, Greece is ready to
assist implementation of obligations undertaken by Armenia within
the framework of the NATO Individual Partnership Actions Program.

The Minister considered RA President's state visit to Greece scheduled
for coming November as a new spur for further development of the
bilateral cooperation.

The sides exchanged opinions concerning regional problems,
implementation of reforms of armed forces as well.