YEREVAN, December 19. /ARKA/. Armenia has become a partner country in the U.S. Government-funded Global Peace Operations Initiative, and under this initiative, the U.S. expects to provide approximately $1.5 million over two years to support the development of Armenia’s peacekeeping capabilities, Armenia's defense ministry said in connection with the visit of U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Russia / Ukraine / Eurasia, Dr. Evelyn Farkas to Yerevan.
«We discussed a wide range of defense-related issues with Evelyn Farkas and outlined cooperation prospects,» David Tonoyan, deputy defense minister of Armenia, was quoted by Novosti-Armenia as saying today at a news conference.
He also said that a peacekeeping potential development program is planned to be implemented in Armenia under GPOI support to assist Armenian peacekeepers in their international mission in United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon.
Farkas, on her side, stressed the importance of the U.S.-Armenia cooperation in security and defense areas.
In her words, Armenia is an important partner to the United States in Caucasus region in Partnership for Peace, US European Command and the Kansas Natinal Guard as well as in Kosovo and Afghanistan. --0----