18 October 2004
October 16, 2004 Saturday 11:45 AM Eastern Time
YEREVAN, Armenia -- Armenia's defense minister met with a visiting
U.S. diplomat Saturday to discuss prospects for military cooperation.
Defense Minister Serzh Sarkisian told U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary
of State Laura Kennedy that Armenia values military ties with the
United States and hopes to develop them. Kennedy, in turn, thanked
the Armenian government for its readiness to send peacekeepers to Iraq.
Armenian President Robert Kocharian pledged the troops during a visit
to Poland last month, but the nation's prime minister said Friday
that it was up to the Constitutional Court and parliament to make
the final decision on sending some 50 troops.