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    RUSSIAN REPRESENTATIVE: BEIJING ROUND OF SIX-PARTY TALKS ON KOREA PASSED WITHOUT ANY DRAMATIZATION

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    BEJING, February 27, 2004. (RIA Novosti special correspondent.) The plenary session at the regional talks in Beijing on the North Korean nuclear problem on Friday passed without any dramatization and at present the drafting of the final document is under way, said Alexander Losyukov who heads the Russian delegation at the six-party talks.

    In his conversation with journalists the deputy acting foreign minister of the Russian Federation noted that the session participants also discussed the issue how often and where such talks should be held in the future.

    The South Korean delegation suggested that the six-party talks should be held once in two months to keep up this dialogue. It is not ruled out that the next round will also take place in Beijing, Mr. Losyukov said.

    The parties to the talks also debated the creation of the permanent consultative mechanism at the level of experts who will work in between the major rounds of the talks.

    "The mandate for this group's work was debated, the issues it will tackle." Losyukov said. "If such a group is created, it will, of course, will be engaged in such things as the coordination of positions on specific measures relating to settlement." Replying to the question whether a joint document will be adopted on the results of the current round of the talks, Losyukov answered that "it is difficult to give an answer to this question so far, but it is highly probable that it will."

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