YEREVAN, July 1. / ARKA /. The Eurasian Economic Commission, the executive body of the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU), has submitted the treaty on Armenia’s accession to the trade bloc for interstate approval, Armenia’s Deputy Foreign Minister Shavarsh Kocharyan said today.
"Nobody had said that Armenia would formally join the Eurasian Economic Union by July 1. The decision adopted at the latest summit of heads of the union says that the text of the treaty should be drafted before July 1. The treaty was submitted yesterday for interstate endorsement," Kocharyan said today to reporters on the sidelines of an international conference in Yerevan.
The high-ranking Armenian diplomat has not shed light on possible dates for the signing of the treaty on Armenia’s membership in the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU) of Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan.
“Because all the related issues have been studied in depth we hope that the interstate endorsement procedure will not last long, " Kocharyan said, according to Novosti-Armenia.
Speaking at the Russian-led union’s most recent summit held in Astana on May 29, Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan asked the three member states to ensure that the treaty is signed by June 15. They promised only that the text will be drafted by July 1.
The Eurasian Economic Union treaty signed by Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan will enter into force on 1 January 2015. Russian President Vladimir Putin stressed at the May 29 summit that the treaty on Armenia’s accession to the union should be signed in the near future.
The international conference in Yerevan on integration of national and regional peacekeeping capacities in the global peace operations system based on the principles and standards of the United Nations is organized by the Institute for National Strategic Studies of Armenian Defense Ministry, the Collective Security Treaty Organization, the Center for Euro-Atlantic Security of the Moscow Institute of International Studies, the Russian Association of Political Science and some other organization.
The list of participants includes Armenian Defense Minister Seyran Ohanyan, CSTO Deputy Secretary General Valery Semerikov, representatives of CSTO Secretariat and political experts..---0---