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    ASTANA, March 12, 2004 (RIA Novosti correspondent) - Chairman of the Supreme Council of the United Russia political party and Speaker of the State Duma Boris Gryzlov has sent a message of greetings to the Otan (fatherland) party led by Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev.

    "The Russian Federation and Kazakhstan have common tasks - to secure a sustainable economic growth and raise welfare of the citizens. Our parties' role in these processes is extremely important," says the greeting message that State Duma Deputy Speaker Lyubov Sliska read out on Friday at Otan's session in Astana. (Russian President Vladimir Putin is not a member of any party but he doesn't conceal his sympathies towards the United Russia.) "We are on the road to new stable and responsible political structures," says the document.

    In the past four years, Russia and Kazakhstan have managed to avoid social upheavals and are now going through a period of stable development. "People now have the opportunity to plan the future and not to think about survival only. This is the achievements of the new responsible and true people's parties - United Russia and Otan," stresses the document.

    "Our goal is to form a civilised democratic society in our countries," said the leader of the United Russia. He expressed confidence that co-operation between United Russia and Otan would develop and "win all-out support of both the party members and the overwhelming majority of the two countries' citizens."

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