FRADKOV ON CIS INTEGRATION

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BISHKEK, April 16, (RIA Novosti) - Intra-CIS integration could be more effective, Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Fradkov said on the threshold of yet another session of the Council of CIS Heads of Government, due to take place April 16 in Cholpon-Ata, Kyrgyzstan.

Fradkov heads a Russian delegation, which arrived in Kyrgyzstan the other day, and which comprises representatives of Russia's Foreign Ministry, Industry and Energy Ministry, Economic Development and Trade Ministry, as well as its Ministry of Finance.

Intra-CIS integration could be more effective, the Russian Prime Minister noted.

Meanwhile work is proceeding apace in this direction; and many results can only be achieved with the help of practical experience, Fradkov added. Most importantly, the concerned parties must aspire for this, also coming to terms on various issues, Fradkov said, after arriving in Bishkek.

According to a source inside the Russian delegation, the newly-appointed Russian Prime Minister has decided to visit a CIS country, for openers; this attests to the fact that Russia attaches priority to expanding its cooperation with CIS countries, the source added.

According to RIA Novosti's interlocutor, some documents will apparently be signed, after the session of the Council of CIS Heads of Government winds up. Some of them will eliminate restrictions pertaining to the movement of goods, services and citizens on CIS territory.

Moreover, plans are in place to ink an agreement enabling CIS citizens to study at regional education establishments.

A joint action program for preventing and treating foot-and-mouth disease, an intra-CIS hydrometeorological-security program, an environmental-monitoring agreement and some other documents are also being readied for signing.

Talking to RIA Novosti, officials at the CIS Executive Committee noted that the Council of CIS Heads of Government will discuss an agreement for introducing an international truck-weighing certificate on CIS territory.

The fulfilment of intra-CIS financial commitments as regards the creation and development of the joint CIS air-defense system over the 2002 period, as well as specific measures to pay overdue contributions, will also be examined.

The session's agenda calls for discussing the establishment of a reserve intra-CIS fund that would aid those specific countries, which have suffered from natural calamities and man-made disasters.

Those taking part in the session would be expected to elect a new chairman of the Council of CIS Heads of Government, i.e. Prime Minister Vasile Tarlev of Moldova. The Council is now headed by Kyrgyz Prime Minister Nikolai Tanayev.

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