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    MOSCOW, April 13 (RIA Novosti) - Current developments in Iraq are badly undermining its chances to revive as a peaceful and monolith democracy, warn participants in today's Russian-Iranian consultations.

    The Moscow event gathered First Deputy Foreign Ministers-Vyacheslav Trubnikov for Russia, and Mohsen Aminzadeh for Iran. The agenda focused on regional security and the anti-terror cause, reports the Russian Foreign Ministry press and information department.

    Things in Iraq are going from bad to worse, and it takes UN-coordinated concerted international efforts to ensure post-crisis rehabilitation of the country, said the conferees.

    Also prominent on their agenda was Afghan revival. The deputy ministers highly evaluated the achievements of a recent Berlin conference on Afghanistan, and approved a decision by the Afghan provisional administration for simultaneous presidential and parliamentary elections. The conferees emphatically called international and national organizations to join efforts against the formidable Afghan drug threat.

    Mass destruction weapon nonproliferation stays among essential provisos of global security, said Messrs. Trubnikov and Aminzadeh as they highlighted a tremendous IAEA contribution to the nonproliferation cause and to the progress of transnational partnership in civil-oriented nuclear power industry.

    The conferees analyzed prospects of Russian-Iranian contacts-in particular, ever closer bilateral ties in the face of current threats to global and regional security.

    As they pointed out with alarm, international terrorism is not receding. More than that, it is extending its geography to hit nations who have hoped to this day to escape the danger. The diplomats strongly called for a global network to appear under the United Nations aegis for a joint rebuff to terrorism and related threats and challenges.

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