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    MOSCOW, April 7, 2004 - (RIA Novosti). In Kiev, the venue of the law enforcement and security agencies of the CIS states session, Russia and Georgia will sign an agreement on cooperation between the frontier departments of the two states on Thursday. This was stated by Georgy Baramidze, head of the Interior Ministry of Georgia, at a press conference in Moscow on Wednesday.

    "This document will allow us to make transparent control over the Russian-Georgian border," Baramidze said.

    He stressed that he was for improvement of relations between the security structures of the two states and for stepping up joint efforts against separatism, drug trafficking and organized crime.

    Baramidze recalled that the law-enforcement bodies of Georgia were collaborating with the USA and the countries of Europe. "Now we'll cooperate also with Russia." He is sure that such contacts of Tbilisi with Washignton and the European states will not run counter to the strategic interests of Russia.

    "Both Russia and Georgia are moving towards Europe. We must actively help each other, rather than hamper each other, on this way," he said.

    The minister stressed that the aim of Georgia was the restoration of the country's integrity. According to him, Tbilisi is worried today over the issues of Abkhazia and South Ossetia (self-proclaimed republics within Georgia), as well as what is going on in the Adzharian autonomy.

    Apart from this, Tbilisi displays interest in the processes in Chechnya in the context of the protection of the Russian-Georgian frontier, Baramidze noted.

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