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20-06-2005

Russian Minister of Foreign Affairs Sergey Lavrov Meets with Nigerian Minister of Foreign Affairs Oluyemi Adeniji

On June 20 Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation Sergey Lavrov received for conversation Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Federal Republic of Nigeria Oluyemi Adeniji, who is staying in Moscow as the special representative of the African Union.

Adeniji briefed on the position of the African countries on the reformation of the United Nations, including its Security Council. The sides emphasized the importance of UN reform with the aim of imparting to it greater effectiveness and strengthening the Organization's role in the system of international relations. Mutual keenness was expressed that Summit 2005 (September 14-16, New York) would be crowned with the adoption of decisions rallying states and reflecting the continuity of the objectives and goals of the Millennium Declaration and with the building-up of efforts for their attainment.

In the course of the conversation a number of issues in bilateral relations were also touched upon and the sides' keenness to strengthen the mutually beneficial Russian-Nigerian cooperation was affirmed.

Lavrov drew the Nigerian Minister's attention to the problem greatly worrying us of the African Pride tanker's Russian crew detained in Nigeria on October 23, 2003, and accused of attempting to illegally import crude oil.

Lavrov earnestly urged the promptest completion of an impartial court trial of the detained Russians, as, according to our information, the sitting of the court scheduled for the end of May has once again been postponed to July now.

The Russian Minister of Foreign Affairs also asked, considering the grave state of the seamen's physical and psychological health, to ease the conditions of their detention. In his turn, the Nigerian Minister promised to personally check the conditions of detention of the Russian seamen before trial.

June 20, 2005

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