Itar-Tass, Russia
May 14 2006

Kocharyan praises Armenia's cooperation with OSCE

YEREVAN, May 13 (Itar-Tass) -- Armenian President Robert Kocharyan
praised cooperation with the Organisation for Security and
Cooperation in Europe (OSCE).

Kocharyan met with OSCE Secretary General Mark Peren de Brisambo on
Saturday. Brisambo arrived in Armenia to attend the opening ceremony
for an enterprise at Kaltakhchi, not far from Spitak, which will
recycle a component of missile fuel left over from Soviet times.

Kocharyan and Brisambo discussed the latest events in the OSCE area
and the organisation's reform.

The president briefed the guest on the Nagorno-Karabakh settlement
efforts. He stressed the importance of the fact that these efforts
are taking place within the OSCE framework and an effective format.

The two men also discussed relations between Armenia and Turkey, two
neighboring countries that have no diplomatic relations.

In a meeting with Armenian Foreign Minister Vartan Oskanyan, Brisambo
lauded the country for its contribution to the OSCE's work. They also
talked about the programmes implemented by the OSCE Yerevan office
and democratisation processes in Armenia.