ARMENIAN SPEAKER, US MEDIA WATCHDOG OFFICIALS DISCUSS REFORMS

Arminfo
2 May 06

Yerevan, 2 May: Speaker of the Armenian National Assembly Artur
Bagdasaryan met the deputy executive director of Freedom House, Thomas
Melia, the head of the organization's European office, (?Christi
Eventon), and the editor-in-chief of the Economist Intelligence Unit
publication, Anne Walker, today.

At the meeting, Melia briefed Bagdasaryan on the organization's
annual report for 2006, noting that the report contained assessment
methodology and standards, the press service of the Armenian parliament
told Arminfo.

The sides discussed the pace of reforms in Armenia and stressed the
importance of expanding democracy, developing economy, holding free
elections and ensuring freedom of speech in holding these reforms
successfully in countries that are going through a transitional
period. The parties also noted the importance of reliable information.

The sides also discussed a number of other issues of mutual interest.