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     Minister of Foreign Affairs Igor Ivanov Meets with Abdel Shalkam, Libyan General People's Committee Secretary for External Relations and International Cooperation

      October 30, 2001

     On October 30, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation Igor Ivanov had a conversation with Abdel Shalkam, General People's Committee Secretary for External Relations and International Cooperation (Minister of Foreign Affairs) of the Socialist People's Libyan Arab Jamahiriya, in Moscow at the head of a Libyan delegation to attend the Fifth Meeting of the Intergovernmental Russian-Libyan Commission on Trade, Economic, Scientific and Technological Cooperation.

     During the exchange of views on a number of international and regional issues, special attention was paid to the situation that is developing in the world in relation to the counterterrorist operation in Afghanistan, with both sides stressing the non-acceptance of terrorism in all its forms and manifestations and acknowledging that it was important to improve the appropriate international legal base with a view to giving an effective rebuff to this extremely dangerous global challenge.

     In discussing the crisis in the Middle East, Ivanov stressed that the conflicting parties - the Palestinians and the Israelis - should stop the violence and move to implementing the earlier assumed obligations to normalize the situation on the basis of the recommendations of the George Mitchell committee. He also noted the necessity to seek - in order to improve the situation in the region - to break the deadlock in settlement around Iraq, which can only be ensured by diplomatic means and strictly within international law.

     Ivanov and Shalkam spoke in support of the further development of integration processes in Africa in the interest of dealing with its urgent problems. They expressed a strong conviction in the need to resolve the crisis situations still persisting there solely by peaceful means at the negotiating table with the active cooperation of African regional institutions and organizations.

     In the context of the discussion of bilateral relations, the heads of the foreign affairs departments of Russia and Libya noted with satisfaction the two sides' mutual striving for the further building-up of many-sided Russian-Libyan cooperation in various fields. The Intergovernmental Commission is called upon to play an important role in this matter. The ministers spoke in favor of raising further the efficacy and productiveness of its work.

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