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    MOSCOW, March 4, 2004. (RIA Novosti correspondent) - Belarus will sign the UN Convention against Corruption. The corresponding decree has been issued by President Alexander Lukashenko, the Belarussian Embassy in Moscow reported on Thursday.

    The Convention, adopted at the session of the UN General Assembly on October 31, 2003, aims at efficient prevention of and fight against corruption, at strengthening international cooperation in the sphere.

    Participation in the Convention will give Belarus an opportunity to apply its clauses as a legal basis to extradite people and render legal and other assistance to the Convention's member states on a reciprocal basis.

    The powers to sign the Convention have been given to Belarussian Ambassador to the USA and Mexico Mikhail Khvostov.

    Joining the Convention, Belarus will strengthen its international authority and will confirm its true and consistent position in the sphere of crime prevention and the fight against it.

    Tough prevention of any display of corruption is the inalienable direction of the state policy conducted in the country, the Embassy emphasized. As a result, Belarus has a low level of corruption, according to international experts.

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