CIS SUMMIT IN ASTANA TO FOCUS ON TERRORISM

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MOSCOW, September 7 (RIA Novosti) - Ukrainian Foreign Minister Konstantin Grishchenko does not rule out that the coming summit of the CIS presidents, to be held in Kazakhstan's capital Astana, may focus on the fight against terrorism, CIS executive committee press service chief Yevgeny Tolstykh said on the phone from Kiev.

"The session of the CIS presidents, to be held in Astana, is likely to focus on the pooling of efforts of our countries in the fight against international terrorism," said the Ukrainian Foreign Minister after a meeting of Ukrainian Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovich with the chairman of the Executive Committee - CIS Executive Secretary Vladimir Rushailo.

"It's necessary to use all forces the CIS countries have to fight this horrible evil," Mr. Grishchenko said.

In Mr. Tolstykh's words, before the meeting with Vladimir Rushailo, the Ukrainian premier and foreign minister expressed their deepest condolences to the Russian people in the wake of the tragedy in Beslan.

"It's necessary to do everything possible for the peoples of Russia and Ukraine to be together at this sorrowful hour," stressed Mr. Grishchenko.

"Vladimir Rushailo thanked his interlocutors for condolences and support, noting that practically all CIS states expressed their readiness to render assistance in treating and rehabilitating those injured in the terrorist act in Beslan, and voiced the necessity of joint measures in the fight against terrorism," said Mr. Tolstykh.

In his words, during the meeting of Vladimir Rushailo with Viktor Yanukovich and Konstantin Grishchenko, the issues pertaining to organization of the summit in Astana were agreed upon, and the agenda and future work of CIS observers at the Ukrainian presidential elections were discussed.

On Wednesday the CIS executive committee head will meet with Leonid Kuchma, the Ukrainian president and chairman of the CIS Council of Heads of State, to finally agree upon the agenda in Astana, said Mr. Tolstykh.

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