Armenian president Robert Kocharian met November 22 in Prague, on the sidelines of a NATO summit, with French president Jacques Chirac for a 30-minute talks. Speaking to reporters after the meeting Kocharian said it was a very positive meeting with the focus on bilateral relations. He added that also Nagorno Karabagh conflict regulation ways were discussed.
Azerbaijani president Heydar Aliyev, who was also attending the summit, did not miss the opportunity to reiterate from the central rostrum that Armenian troops have occupied 20 percent of Azerbaijan’s territory, adding that separatism and extremism were jeopardizing region’s stability.
Armenian president Kocharian’s speech at the summit was concentrated on the cooperation within the framework of Euro-Atlantic Association with an emphasize on the anti-terrorist plan of actions. Kocharian also spoke about deepening of NATO-Russia relations, saying it was very important for Armenia.
He underlined Armenia’s drive towards strengthening cooperation with NATO citing Best Cooperative Efforts NATO-sponsored military drills scheduled for next year’s June in Armenia.
In a reference to Nagorno Karabagh conflict regulation Kocharian said if Azerbaijan had had accepted regulation principles, achieved in Paris and then in Key West, the regulation process would have been at peace phase.
Georgian president Eduard Shevardnadze made an official request for his country to join NATO. Later in the day November 22 Kocharian met with Shevardnadze.