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     Declaration on the Principles of Friendly Relations and Partnership Between the Russian Federation and the Guinean Republic

     August 07, 2001

     The Russian Federation and the Guinean Republic, hereinafter referred to as the Sides,

     Based on the traditions of friendship and mutual trust, and the desire of the peoples of both countries to strengthen all-round cooperation and build up coordination in the international arena;

     Reaffirming their adherence to the purposes and principles of the Charter of the United Nations,

     Pointing out the great importance of the UN Millennium Summit and Assembly and the Millennium Declaration of the United Nations adopted at the Summit;

     Expressing the determination to promote the formation of a stable, equitable and multipolar world order based on the principles of noninterference in the domestic affairs of states, the equal rights and sovereign equality of states, the peaceful settlement of disputes, the nonuse of force or threats to use it, territorial integrity, democracy and the supremacy of law, respect and protection of fundamental human rights and freedoms;

     Expressing satisfaction with the results of the meeting between President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin and President of the Guinean Republic Lansana Conte on July 27, 2001;

     Guided by their desire to give a new impetus to bilateral relations and partnership in all fields for the benefit of the peoples of the two states;

     Hereby declare as follows:

     1. The Sides will develop their relations as friendly states and partners on the basis of a commonality of approaches to the solution of the problems of the modern world.

     The Sides will assist in implementing the Millennium Declaration of the United Nations, adopted at the UN Millennium Summit, and translating the assumed obligations into specific actions at the national, regional and international levels.

     2. The Sides are united in their readiness to help build a balanced multipolar system of international relations based on strict observance of the UN Charter and the principles and rules of international law.

     The Sides intend to deepen their cooperation in the United Nations and other international organizations to resolve problems of a political, economic, social, cultural or humanitarian nature. They have agreed to help in every way the strengthening of the central UN role in the regulation of international relations, including on the basis of improving its anti-crisis and peacekeeping potential and further raising the effectiveness and authority of the UN Security Council bearing the main responsibility for the maintenance of international peace and security.

     3. The Sides emphasize their reciprocal desire to help the consolidation of strategic stability in the world in every way. They reaffirm their adherence to advancing the disarmament process and reinforcing the regimes for the nonproliferation of weapons of mass destruction, in particular nuclear weapons and their means of delivery, and will coordinate their actions in these areas.

     The Sides point out the need for observance by all states of the obligations under existing arms limitation and disarmament treaties and agreements, attaching special importance to the Treaty on the Limitation of Anti-Ballistic Missile Systems of 1972, which is the cornerstone of strategic stability and the basis for strategic offensive arms reductions.

     4. The Sides express concern over the continuation of conflicts on a political, ethnic, religious or other basis and will strive to contribute to their earliest settlement, as well as to effectively counteract international terrorism in all its forms and manifestations, and the illicit trade in arms and narcotics that create a threat to internal, regional and international stability.

     The Sides oppose external support of armed conflicts in violation of the sanctions and embargoes imposed under resolutions of the UN Security Council and express themselves for agreed effective measures to raise the effectiveness in the implementation of the relevant UN Security Council resolutions.

     5. The Sides, guided by the provisions of the UN Charter, will cooperate in the strengthening of international peace and security, in particular in the region of West Africa and on the African continent as a whole.

     The Russian Federation supports the efforts by the Guinean Republic and other members of the Economic Community of West African States for ensuring stability and cooperation in this area of the world.

     Bilateral interaction between the Russian Federation and the Guinean Republic may incorporate the development of practical cooperation with a view to the training of personnel for the conduct of peacekeeping operations, and the exchange of experience in the field of preventive diplomacy and peacemaking activity. The Sides reaffirm their non-acceptance of the concept of so called humanitarian intervention.

     6. The Sides highly assess the focus of the African states and their regional and sub-regional organizations on overcoming the continent's problems with a view to its stable and sustained development, as well as on ensuring the weighty participation of Africa in tackling global tasks.

     The Sides consider important the development of an equitable multilateral dialogue and cooperation, including with the coordinating role of the United Nations, to achieve these aims, meeting the interests of the entire world community.

     Guinea will assist in deepening Russia's cooperation with African countries, developing its political dialogue with regional and sub-regional organizations of Africa, and expanding the participation of Russia in multilateral economic projects on the continent.

     7. The Sides, in accordance with the operative Protocol on Political Consultations, will maintain regular contacts at different levels between the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation of the Guinean Republic.

     8. The Sides will contribute to the development of contacts between the parliaments, national agencies and institutions, as well as between non-governmental organizations of the two countries.

     9. The Sides are determined to expand trade-and-economic cooperation on a long-term and mutually beneficial basis.

     In accordance with the legislation of their countries and international obligations, the Sides will facilitate the creation of necessary political, economic and legal conditions for:

     a) the development and encouragement of all forms of trade, investment and other economic activity, especially in the fields of bauxite mining and alumina production, as well as marine and air transport, industry, construction, energy, fishing, and agriculture;

     b) the establishment of direct contacts between business entities, including between small and medium-sized enterprises, as well as between banks and other credit organizations;

     c) the exchange of experience and information on social, economic, commercial and financial questions, including on the policy being pursued in these fields;

     d) the exchange of information and experience in the fields of prospecting for and the extraction and exploitation of natural resources.

     10. The Sides will hold consultations on questions relating to the problem of foreign debt, and agree their approaches in respect of its solution.

     11. The Sides will promote the development of military technological cooperation, and cooperation between the ministries of defense of the two countries on the basis of existing agreements.

     12. The Sides will develop scientific and technological cooperation in areas of mutual interest. They will encourage the expansion of contacts and direct ties between scientific and technical organizations and scientists, as well as the implementation of joint research projects and the exchange of scientific and technical information.

     13. The Sides intend to develop cooperation in the fields of health care, education, and culture, as well as on consular, social and labor matters.

     14. The Sides are convinced of the need for closer cooperation with a view to the protection of the global environment, and the preservation and rational exploitation of natural wealth and resources for the benefit of the present and future generations.

     15. The Sides will promote the development of economic, scientific and technological, and cultural cooperation between subjects of the Russian Federation and administrative districts of the Guinean Republic. They have agreed to lay the coordination of such cooperation upon the foreign affairs agencies of the two states.

     16. For the purpose of implementing the provisions of this Declaration the Sides will conclude appropriate specific agreements.

     
Moscow, 27 July 2001

    PRESIDENT OF THE RUSSIAN                                                                             PRESIDENT OF THE
             FEDERATION                                                                                                    GUINEAN REPUBLIC

               V. V. PUTIN                                                                                                             LANSANA CONTE

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