Yerevan to host meeting of CIS IPA Defence, Security Committee

TASS
October 1, 2004 Friday

By Lyudmila Yermakova, Tigran Liloyan

YEREVAN

The Defence and Security Committee of the CIS Inter-Parliamentary
Assembly (IPA) will hold its meeting in the Armenian capital on
October 5, the head of the IPA Council Sergei Mironov told reporters
on Friday.

Mironov, the speaker of the Federation Council (upper house of the
Russian parliament) said the session would discuss a model law on the
struggle with terrorism. The parliamentarians will recommend the CIS
lawmakers to use this law in drafting their national anti-terrorist
legislation.

The theme of terrorism was discussed at length and very emotionally at
a meeting of Armenian lawmakers and their Russian counterparts at the
National Assembly on Friday. The Armenian legislators offered deep
condolences over the latest acts of terrorism, including the
hostage-taking raid in Beslan.

They stressed that "strategic partnership" was needed to effectively
confront this evil of the 21st century.

Mironov and Armenian parliamentary speaker Artur Bagdasaryan signed a
joint statement condemning acts of terrorism as incompatible with
morality and humanism.