Discussions on Combating International Terrorism in Yerevan
The international conference of 'Insuring of Readiness for Combat against Terrorism' was held in Yerevan, Armenia, on 12 July.
According to Mediamax, the conference was jointly organized by the Armenian Foreign Ministry and NATO within the framework of the International Partnership Action Plan (IPAP) between Armenia and the North Atlantic alliance.
Speaking at the opening of the conference, Armenian Deputy Foreign Minister, Arman Kirakosyan noted, " Armenia is taking part in the Partnership Action Plan against Terrorism realizing the level of the threat of terrorism and the importance of international cooperation for combating it".
The diplomat stressed that Armenia's foreign policy was resting upon the principle of mutual complementing and was establishing a complex security system, according to Mediamax.
"One of the most important elements of the security system is cooperation with NATO, which is becoming more active and many-sided," Arman Kirakosyan noted. "We are sure that international cooperation in combating terrorism will promote fortification of regional security," the Armenian Deputy Foreign Minister stated.
George Katsirdakis, Head of the Defence Partnership and Cooperation Directorate of NATO's Defence Planning and Operations Division, spoke on the necessity of a long-term struggle against the sources of international terrorism.
The representative of the alliance reported that NATO has developed a number of arrangements aimed at working out a policy for combating terrorism, ensuring the security of civilians and industrial facilities, as well as the application of military doctrine on counteraction terrorism, including outside the member countries of the bloc. Speaking on international cooperation, George Katsirdakis noted the importance of exchange of operational intelligence information.