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Armenia/Georgia: Shevardnadze Begins Two-Day Visit To Yerevan

Yerevan, 2 May 1997 (RFE/RL) -- Our correspondent in Yerevan says Georgian President Eduard Shevardnadze arrived in the Armenian capital early today for talks with Armenian President Levon Ter-Petrosyan.

Shevardnadze's visit is expected to focus on the settlement of conflicts in the trans-Caucasus and the construction of a Eurasian transport corridor. Shevardnadze is to spend two days in Armenia.

In an interview with RFE/RL yesterday, Shevardnadze said a strategic partnership treaty signed with Azeri President Heidar Aliyev is not a threat to Armenia because Tbilisi already has similar relations with Yerevan.

He noted that during the worst years of an economic blockade against Armenia, Georgia had kept open all transportation routes to Armenia despite Azeri objections.