ROBERT SIMMONS TO ARRIVE IN YEREVAN

DeFacto Agency, Armenia
March 14 2006

NATO Secretary General's Special Representative for the South Caucasus
and Central Asia Robert Simmons is expected to arrive in Armenia
in April, NATO Officer-Coordinator for the South Caucasus Romualdas
Razuks reported.

In his words, the South Caucasus is a geopolitical priority for
the NATO. Uniting the countries of the region within the Individual
Partnership Action Plan (IPAP) is an important step to ensure regional
and Euro-Atlantic security, Razuks noted, PanARMENIAN.net reports.

RA Deputy Defense Minister, General Lieutenant Arthur Aghabekyan
informed that training of the NATO Rescuer 2006 would be held in
Yerevan at the end of June. According to him, representatives of
20 countries, including those representing the states of the region,
will arrive in Yerevan. "Armenia has always spoken for cooperation with
neighboring countries according to "Partnership for Peace" principle,
and it is ready to receive envoys of Azerbaijan and Turkey as well",
Aghabekyan stated.