21 06 2010 - Decentralized cooperation between Armenia, Italy important
On June 7 the Foreign Minister of Armenia, Edward Nalbandian, received the delegation headed by Bruno Dapei, Chairman of the Provincial Council of Milan.
Greeting the guest, Minister Nalbandian noted that “the Armenian-Italian relations have intensified recently, which is evidenced by more frequent visits of official delegations.”
The Foreign Minister said “Armenia is interested in the further deepening of decentralized cooperation with Italy, attaching importance to the cooperation between Armenia’s Kotayk marz and the Province of Milan.
Edward Nalbandian expressed gratitude to the authorities of Milan for recognizing the Armenian Genocide in 2006, underlining that the recognition and condemnation of crimes against humanity is a universal issue.
Bruno Dapei, in turn, stressed the importance of Armenian-Italian decentralized cooperation and lauded the contribution of the Armenian community of Milan to the political, economic and cultural life of the country.
During the meeting reference was made to regional issues and the ways of their solution.
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18:48 07/06/2010 » Economy
Armenia, Italy to expand cooperation in the spheres of IT, tourism, light industry
Armenian Prime Minister Tigran Sargsyan received today the Italian delegation headed by the chairman of the provincial council of Milan Bruno Dupei. Welcoming the guest the PM highly assessed the current level of the Armenian-Italian cooperation in economic and cultural spheres. He highlighted the full usage of the existing potential, government's information department reported.
The head of the government pointed out the importance of consolidation and development of ties between Milan province and Kotayk region. Tigran Sargsyan welcomed the expansion of the capital of investments by the Italian companies in Armenia, highlighting particularly the construction of the financial center in Dilijan. The parties highly assessed the participation of the Italian specialists in the programs carried out in Gyumri.
The interlocutors discussed the details of the Armenian-Italian mutually beneficial economic cooperation. They considered expansion of cooperation in the spheres of IT, tourism, light industry as perspective. Armenian PM said Armenia is interested in applying the Italian experience in the sphere of tourism.
Expressing gratitude for the reception the chairman of the Milan provincial council highlighted the role of the Armenian community of Milan in the development of the Armenian-Italian amiable relations. Speaking about his visit to the Tsitsernakaberd, Bruno Dupei said that in 2006 the council adopted two documents condemning the Armenian Genocide.
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2. Lead Armenia to eventually abandon all peace talks, since it has little to gain from these negotiations. Azerbaijan is the one that desperately needs to negotiate in order to secure concessions from Armenia.
3. Signal to the world that the government of Azerbaijan is not interested in finding a negotiated settlement to the conflict and is responsible for its collapse.
4. Discredit the good faith effort of the mediating countries – France, Russia and the United States.
5. Force Armenia to initiate military action, causing a disproportionate amount of destruction, even damaging the oil pipelines, in order to discourage Azerbaijan from further attacks.
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