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    MOSCOW HOPES JOINT SESSIONS OF CIS COUNTRIES WILL BE HELD REGULARLY

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    MOSCOW, April 7 (RIA Novosti ) - Moscow hopes that joint sessions of CIS countries' foreign policy, law enforcement and security structures will be held regularly.

    This statement was made by Aleksandr Yakovenko, the official representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry, when he commented to the Russian media on the third joint session of the Foreign Ministers' Council, the Coordination Council of General Prosecutors, the Council of Ministers of the Interior, The Council of Security Institutions' and Special Services' Heads, the Council of Border Guard Troops' Commanders, the Coordination Council of Tax (financial) Investigation Institutions' Heads, and the Council of CIS countries' Customs Services, scheduled for Thursday in Kiev.

    "The proposal on the organization of these sessions on a regular basis, at least once in three years, will be submitted for approval by the meeting's participants" - Yakovenko said.

    According to him, the participants of the session will discuss the implementation of joint programs of measures to combat terrorism and other contemporary security threats, organized crime, including laundering illegal profits and child trade, drug trafficking and illegal migration, adopted by the CIS.

    He also told the media that the delegations of the relevant CIS countries' law enforcement and security institutions will be led by their heads or deputy heads.

    "Considering the high urgency of the session's topics and the coordinating role of CIS member states' Foreign Ministries, high-ranking officials of the foreign services will take part in the session together with the "siloviki". The Russian Foreign Ministry's delegation will be headed by First Vice Foreign Minister Vyacheslav Trubnikov" - Yakovenko said.

    "As a result of the session, it is planned to adopt a comprehensive statement addressed to the Chairman of the CIS Heads of State Council, whose functions are now performed by the Ukrainian President Leonid Kuchma, to the parliaments and governments of the CIS countries, and to the media" - Yakovenko pointed out.

    "The statement could reflect specific wishes and proposals aimed at a more active cooperation between CIS member states on this direction, the implementation of their obligations to incorporate points corresponding to international treaties in their national legislation" - the Foreign Ministry spokesman said.

    He also mentioned that "an appeal to the media for active assistance to CIS countries' cooperation in the struggle against crime, in disseminating legal knowledge, developing citizens' law-abiding culture and asserting all citizens' equality before the law can be singled out as a specific point".

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