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    MOSCOW, JANUARY 9 (RIA Novosti correspondent Sergei Zelentsov) - The Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation member states are gathering in Beijing, January 15, for an extraordinary session to take stock of summit preparations.

    The summit has been appointed for next May's end or early June, with the venue in Tashkent, Uzbek capital, a functionary of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs said to Novosti.

    The Beijing agenda also envisages analyses of implementing latest summit resolutions, opinion exchanges on international issues, and taking stock of work on a draft Shanghai Six agreement for efforts against drug traffic.

    Timed to the foreign-ministerial conference will be an opening gala of the Organisation Secretariat, to be based in Beijing. The Secretariat start "ushers in a thoroughly new stage in the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation activities. It is beginning to function as a full-fledged international organisation with efficient agencies, and a personnel and budget of its own," says Alexander Yakovenko, spokesman of Russia's Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

    The Shanghai Cooperation Organisation presently has six members-China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.

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