Asian-African Summit in Jakarta
A representative Asian-African summit took place on April 22-24 in Jakarta, Indonesia. It adopted a Declaration on the New Afro-Asian Strategic Partnership, an action plan to carry it out, and a document on cooperation in combating natural disasters. The summit was timed for the golden jubilee of the Afro-Asian Conference of 1955, held in Bandung. A number of separate commemorative events marked the anniversary.
Russia was represented at the summit as observer. The head of its delegation, Arthur Chilingarov, Deputy Chairman of the State Duma of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation, read out a message of the President of the Russian Federation to the forum participants. He was received by the Vice President of Indonesia and held a meeting with leaders of a number of countries as well as of the SCO Executive Council. Russia's consistent line on promoting a comprehensive partnership with the countries of Asia and Africa received broad support.
Russia highly appreciates the constructive role of Afro-Asian solidarity. The ideas of the Bandung Conference still remain relevant. In the era of an acceleration of the globalization processes humanity has been confronted with new threats and challenges - international terrorism, the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, organized crime, separatism, ecological degradation and epidemics. They can only be effectively countered by acting jointly, pooling the resources of all authoritative international structures.
Strengthening North-South cooperation is opening up additional avenues for accomplishing these tasks. In this sense the decisions adopted in Jakarta, to launch the new Asian-African partnership, are consonant with the call of the 2004 Tashkent Summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization for establishing a partner network of multilateral associations in Asia and are opening up additional possibilities for Russia to develop cooperation on a bilateral and multilateral basis.
Russia intends to consistently strengthen further its traditional friendly ties with the countries of Asia and Africa.
April 27, 2005