Tadić ends Armenia visit

YEREVAN -- Serbia and Armenia agree that conflicts can be solved only through negotiations, said President Boris Tadić today as he wrapped up his visit to Armenia.

On the second day of the trip, he met with Armenian Prime Minister Tigran Sargsyan. The two concluded that there was spirit of full agreement between the two countries that sustainable, compromise solutions for regional conflicts, in the Caucasus just as in the Balkans, can be found only through negotiations, without imposed solutions and use of force.

"It is absolutely unacceptable to impose any solutions. We are in absolute agreement on that and I am satisfied because of that fact," Tadić said.

Members of his delegation also stated that the meeting heard there was great potential for improvement of cooperation between the two countries in the sectors of politics and economy.

The Armenian government press service said in a statement this Wednesday that Tadić and Sargsyan considered issues of Armenian-Serbian relations and stressed especially the importance of strengthening the ties between the two governments, establishing mutual contacts and business relations.

The statement also said that the meeting took place in a friendly atmosphere, and that the two top officials agreed that agriculture is the sector with most potential for bilateral cooperation.

The government in Yerevan believes that the centuries-long friendship between Armenian and Serb people, and activation of cultural ties will provide a good basis for a boost and new quality to the bilateral relations.

Tadić was also scheduled to travel to Etchmiadzin, the spiritual center of Armenia and the seat of the Armenian Apostolic Church, to meet with Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians His Holiness Garegin II.

On the first day of his visit, the president and his Armenian counterpart Serzh Sargsyan agreed that regional conflicts, such as those in Kosovo and Nagorno Karabakh, must be resolved without the use of force and only by peaceful means in keeping with international law.

Sargsyan told a press conference after the meeting that there is no universal solution for all conflicts and that each conflict has its history.

There can be no just and stable solution to conflicts if this fact is not taken into account, he said, adding that a sustainable solution can be found only by peaceful means in keeping with international law.

Tadić also noted that challenges Serbia and Armenia are facing require sustainable solutions.

Serbia upholds the formula of peace talks Armenia is conducting in the Caucasus and Serbia in the Balkans as the only way of reaching sustainable and stable solutions, Tadić said, according to Armenian media.

Armenia has not recognized the Kosovo Albanian unilateral declaration of independence.

Foreign Minister Vuk Jeremić said in Yerevan on Wednesday, after talks with Armenian counterpart Edward Nalbandian, that Serbia is interested in enhancing cooperation with Armenia in all areas.

The official visit to Armenia by the Serbian president opens a new page in the bilateral relations and is evidence of Serbia's interestedness in strengthening and deepening cooperation with Armenia in all areas, Jeremić said, as carried by the Novosti Armenia news agency, quoting the Press Service of the Armenian Foreign Ministry.

Jeremić and Nalbandian discussed an entire series of topics, including the holding of consultations between the two ministries, cooperation in international organizations, economic and cultural cooperation.