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Armenia: Agreements Signed With Kyrgyzstan

Yerevan, 22 April 1997 (RFE/RL) - Kyrgyz President Askar Akayev and his Armenian counterpart Levon Ter-Petrossian yesterday signed several agreements on economic, scientific and cultural cooperation.

Akayev arrived yesterday in Yerevan on the start of a three-nation tour that will also take him to Azerbaijan and Georgia.

Speaking to journalists after signing the agreements, the two leaders stressed the importance of strengthening ties on a bilateral basis as well as through Commonwealth (CIS) structures.

Ter-Petrossian praised Kyrgyzstan for its peacekeeping efforts in Central Asia. Akayev said both countries would launch a joint venture on producing gold jewelry.

Akayev is due to depart for Tbilisi this morning. Following his Transcaucasus tour, the Kyrgyz president flies to Moscow Friday to attend the signing of border agreements with Russia, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, and Kyrgyzstan.