The topics discussed at the meeting of the Ministers will include the development of the Armenia – NATO Individual Partnership Action Plans (IPAP) as a well as opportunities aimed at further bilateral co-operation. Ongoing defence reforms in both countries and Armenia´s and Estonia´s contribution to international peace support operations will be discussed. In addition, regional co-operation will be on the agenda of the meeting.
On Thursday morning the Armenian Minister of Defence, Mr Serzh Sargysan, will meet with the Chief of Staff of the General Staff, Brigade General Alar Laneman. Later that day the Armenian Minister of Defence, Mr Serzh Sargysan, will travel to Tartu to visit the Baltic Defence College and to meet with the Commandant of the Baltic Defence College, Brigade General Algis Vaiceliunas.
On Friday morning the Memorandum of Understanding on Defence Co-operation between Republic of Estonia and Republic of Armenia will be signed in the Estonian Ministry of Defence. After the signing a meeting will be held in Riigikogu with the Chairman of the National Defence Committee, Mr Toivo Tootsen. In addition, the Armenian Minister of Defence will pay a visit to the Armenian Church in Tallinn, where he meets with the Armenian community in Estonia.
The Armenian Minister of Defence will depart from Estonia on Friday afternoon.
This year (2005) Estonia is the presiding country of the South Caucasus Clearing House (SCCH), which is a joint forum of countries aimed at rendering defence related assistance to Armenia, Georgia and Azerbaijan.
The aim of the SCCH is to co-ordinate the present and future defence assistance projects to the South-Caucasus and to prevent unnecessary duplication of effort. At present 16 countries and organisations take part in the activities of the SCCH, inter alia NATO and OSCE.
Estonia has established close and successful co-operation ties with Georgia, which is one of the SCCH recipient countries. Signing the Memorandum of Understanding on Defence Co-operation between Republic of Estonia and Republic of Armenia will foster defence co-operation initiatives between Estonia and Armenia.
The South Caucasus region lies in the growing focus of interest of NATO, EU and OSCE. Estonia supports NATO´s Open Doors policy and EU´s New Neighbourhood Initiative, in both of which Estonia is one of the most active opinion leaders.
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