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     December 17, 2001

     OPENING REMARKS BY MINISTER OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS OF THE RUSSIAN FEDERATION IGOR IVANOV AT PRESS CONFERENCE ON OUTCOMES OF HIS VISIT TO NAMIBIA (Windhoek, December 14, 2001)

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     Our visit to friendly Namibia is ending. I would like once again to take this opportunity to express profound gratitude to the Namibian leadership for the hearty welcome and hospitality accorded to us.

     We are particularly grateful to Namibian President Sam Nujoma for finding it possible to receive our delegation and to thoroughly examine the key problems of bilateral cooperation and international issues. The conversation with President Nujoma and our talks with Minister of Foreign Affairs Theo-Ben Gurirab passed constructively, in a very frank atmosphere and once again demonstrated the friendly character of our relations.

     On the instruction of the President of the Russian Federation, I gave President Nujoma a personal message of Vladimir Putin, which indicates the main vectors in which our country is ready to develop cooperation with Namibia.

     Our talks have demonstrated that Russia and Namiba hold a common stand on key international questions related to strengthening of the central role of the United Nations and its Security Council in the maintenance of world peace and stability, the combating of international terrorism and other global challenges and the formation of an equitable and democratic system of international relations.

     Naturally, being here, on the African continent, we paid special attention to the theme of the settlement and prevention of conflicts in Africa. These conflicts, in our common view, are one of the chief obstacles on the road of sustainable development of the African countries, the accomplishment of the tasks of an economic and social revival, and integration into the system of world economic ties. We have reaffirmed a common adherence to the politico-diplomatic methods of unblocking crisis situations in accordance with the existing norms enshrined in the UN Charter.

     As to bilateral cooperation, we have emphasized a mutual striving for the further development of relations between our countries in all the areas of mutual interest. The visit of President Sam Nujoma to Russia in 1998, in our common opinion, opened a new chapter in our relations. The basic guidelines for cooperation were determined at those summit talks. It is our task to translate these political decisions into practical actions.

     We positively assess the results of our visit and talks and look with optimism to the prospects of Russian-Namibian relations.

     December 15, 2001



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