RIA NOVOSTI INTERVIEW WITH RUSSIAN FOREIGN MINISTRY OFFICIAL
SPOKESMAN ALEXANDER YAKOVENKO AHEAD OF MOSCOW VISIT BY
ALGERIA'S FOREIGN MINISTER ABDELAZIZ BELKHADEM
Q.: Algerian Foreign Minister Abdelaziz Belkhadem will
reportedly be visiting Russia on April 22-24. Do you think the
general background of Russo-Algerian relations is conducive to
success of the visit?
A.: Russia attaches great significance to the upcoming
routine visit to Moscow by the Algerian Minister of State for
Foreign Affairs, Abdelaziz Belkhadem. Algeria has great authority
with the Arab and Moslem world. Our nations have been tied by many
years of friendship and mutual understanding, and the tradition of
close communion. The further development of all-out co-operation
with Algeria falls in line with Russia's long-term interests.
Russia expects the upcoming talks to dwell on the current state of
and prospects for improving an entire spectrum of mutually
beneficial bilateral contacts. The Declaration of Strategic
Partnership President Vladimir Putin of Russia and his Algerian
counterpart Abdelaziz Bouteflika signed at the summit meeting in
Moscow in April 2001 made a major impetus to the deepening of
Q.: What are the prerequisites of and prospects for the
development of bilateral co-operation?
A.: Sustainable political dialogue, including the top-level
one, is an essential part of Russia-Algeria relations. It is based
on mutual respect for national interests and a benevolent attitude
to each other's concerns, on the concurrence or closeness of
approaches to a wide range of international and regional problems.
This forms a solid foundation for further co-ordination of actions
in the politico-diplomatic area.
The two countries' objective is to nail down the current
development dynamics and outline further co-operation guidelines.
Among other things, the two countries must continue strengthening
the legal and contractual basis of their partnership in trade and
business, in the area of hi-tech, transport, culture, education, in
the oil and gas, and energy sectors.
The sides therefore attach much significance to the first meeting
the mixed inter-governmental commission for trade and economic, and
scientific-technological co-operation will hold in Moscow in
Mr Blekhadem's visit will be a good opportunity to finally
agree on approaches to the items that will dominate the agenda of
this crucial inter-state meeting.
Q.: What issues of international and regional importance
will dominate the agenda of talks between Russian Foreign Minister
Igor Ivanov and Abdelaziz Belkhadem?
A.: I should say that Russia and Algeria are advocates of a
stable, just and multi-polar world order that would be based on the
principles of equal rights and equality of sovereign countries,
non-interference into other countries' internal affairs,
peaceful settlement of disputes and predominance of international
law. The United Nations must have a key role in international
affairs and be the core of such a world order.
The two countries' stances on the problem of international
terrorism whatever forms it may take are very similar.
As to the upcoming Moscow talks, they envisage a profound opinion
exchange on the situation in and around Iraq. Both countries
believe there is no alternative to directing the Iraqi settlement
effort back into the political and legal channel in strict
compliance with the UN Security Council's relevant resolutions
and with the Organisation playing a central role in the process.
The Middle East developments will be prominent on the Moscow talks
agenda as well. The countries' stances on the problems
pertaining to the Palestinian-Israeli settlement are all but
similar. They both urge the resumption of the peace process as
stipulated in the "road map" settlement approved by the
four international mediators to the Mideastern settlement.
Besides, in Moscow the sides will resume discussion of the Western
Sahara problem. Russia's principled position on the matter,
which Algeria shares in general, is that the problem must be
resolved by political means in line with the UN-led peace efforts,
above all, with the UN Peace Plan for Western Sahara.
Yet, Russia is open to considering other plans of untying this
political knot that would be acceptable for all the parties to this
longstanding dispute. This is why Russia welcomes the mediatory
efforts by the UN Secretary General's Personal Envoy James
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