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Cyprus-Armenia sign cooperation protocol
2003-12-09 13:01:54

Nicosia, Dec 9 (CNA) -- Cyprus and Armenia have signed a cooperation protocol to further develop ties between their respective parliaments in the political, social, economic and cultural fields and have also decided to set up a permanent interparliamentary cooperation committee to monitor the implementation of the protocol.

The protocol was signed here today by House President Demetris Christofias and President of the National Assembly of Armenia Arthur Baghdasaryan, on the island for an official visit.

''The interparliamentary committee will enable us to promote our relations in all fields,'' Baghdasaryan said, noting that already a number of bilateral agreements have been signed.

He praised the friendly relations between the two countries and said that Armenia is prepared to assist Cyprus at any time and in any way it can.

''We are prepared to be supportive, helpful and solve the issues and the problems that you are facing and to have the same attitude on the part of Cyprus towards Armenia,'' he said, speaking through an interpreter.

Baghdasaryan extended an invitation to Christofias to visit Armenia, which was accepted.

In his remarks, Christofias said the protocol outlines common political positions on the principles of dedication to international law and respect of human rights, the independence and sovereignty of the nations.

The protocol, he explained, includes practical ways to express cooperation and friendship, provisions for the exchange of information and experiences on the legal work of parliaments and on cooperation with a view at creating and implementing an inter-parliamentary system of information.

He said the interparliamentary committee will monitor the implementation of the protocol and will put forward suggestions about new methods to enhance cooperation.

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