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     06.06.2002

     Unofficial translation from Russian

PRESS RELEASE
On Consultations Between Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Cooperation, and Francophonie Affairs of the Gabonese Republic

    1177-05-06-2002

    A regular round of Russian-Gabonese political consultations took place in Moscow on June 4 at the level of directors of departments of the foreign affairs agencies of the two countries.

    In a friendly and businesslike atmosphere, the sides had an in-depth exchange of views on questions pertaining to Russian-Gabonese relations and on a broad range of topical international problems.

    It was noted that contacts between the foreign affairs agencies of the two countries have assumed a regular character and are aimed at practical interaction in the implementation of the agreements at the highest level, reached during the course of the April, 2001 official visit to the Russian Federation of President of the Gabonese Republic Omar Bongo and confirmed in the political documents signed in Moscow - the Joint Statement and the Protocol on Inter-MFA Consultations.

    The sides firmly spoke in favor of consolidating stability and security in the world today, democratizing interstate relations and intensifying the struggle against international terrorism and extremism. They emphasized the central role of the UN in world affairs and noted the necessity of a well-considered approach to reforming this unique world organization.

    Special attention was paid to African themes, including the resolving of conflict situations in the continent. The identity of the positions on the situation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the Republic of the Congo, Angola, the Central African Republic, Burundi, the Great Lakes region as a whole, and in Madagascar was noted, and the necessity of the early unblocking of the crises existing in Africa by political means and the importance of coordinating the international efforts to overcome them were underlined.

    The sides expressed support for integrationary processes in the African continent, aimed at ensuring sustainable political, economic and social development and improving the investment climate. In this context they discussed prospects for the implementation of the New Partnership for Africa's Development program. The Gabonese side, noting with satisfaction the intensification of Russian diplomacy on the African track, expressed gratitude for the assistance given to African countries within the UN, G8 and other international forums and organizations.

    Satisfaction was expressed with the positive dynamics in the evolution of political contacts between Russia and Gabon, as well as mutual desire for the expansion of bilateral relations in the trade-and-economic, cultural and other fields.

    June 5, 2002

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