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    ARMENIAN PRESIDENT ON ROLE OF COUNCIL OF CIS DEFENSE MINISTERS

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    YEREVAN, May 21 (RIA Novosti's Gamlet Matevosyan) - The Council of CIS Defense Ministers is one of the most important and effective structures in the Commonwealth, Armenian President Robert Kocharyan told participants in the council's session in Yerevan.

    The President pointed out the importance of cooperation within the framework of the Commonwealth of Independent States and the Collective Security Treaty Organization (Russia, Belarus, Armenia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Turkmenistan), Robert Kocharyan's press service told RIA Novosti. He believes that such meetings boost bilateral relations.

    On his part, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Ivanov, the council's chairman, expressed satisfaction with the session.

    According to him, a wide range of issues, mainly military-political and military-technical cooperation, was considered in Yerevan.

    The participants discussed reforms in the CIS armed forces and technical re-equipment of the armies.

    In conclusion, the Armenian President wished them success and service "in efficient and disciplined armies".

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