JACQUES CHIRAC: FRANCE IS READY TO ASSIST MODERNIZATION AND DIVERSIFICATION OF ECONOMY OF ARMENIA

Noyan Tapan News Agency, Armenia
Sept 29 2006

YEREVAN, SEPTEMBER 29, NOYAN TAPAN. France wants to accompany Armenia
in the process of its political modernization, support its will to
build a legal state what may be a guarantee for public freedoms.

President of France Jacques Chirac made such a statement in the
September 28 interview to the "Hayastani Hanrapetoutiun" (Republic
of Armenia) newspaper, touching upon present and future of the
Armenian-French mutual relations. He added that France is ready to
assist modernization and diversification of economy for Armenia is
capable to create the best future for its sons.

The President of France mentioned that the two nations have the same
preferences: independence, priesthood, wisdom in art and culture,
beauty and sacredness of the languages. "The present is that
natural inner generality and also about 500 000 Frenchmen taking
roots from the land of Armenia. They gave to France their courage,
talent, nobleness. They also remained tied with Armenia. They assist
strengthening of our tie," J.Chirac emphasized.

"An old nation like your's must not apprehend taking the road of
future," Jacques Chirac said.

On the eve of the state visit to be paid to Armenia on September 29,
the President of France wished the Armenian people for this year more
strengthens centuries-old friendship between Armenia and France: "...

Let numerous Frenchmen come to reveal this country, the soul of its
nature, monasteries, culture, warmness, let our friendship assist
implementation of hopes of the Armenian people's daughters and sons,"
Jacques Chirac said.