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    CIS AND US JEWS: COOPERATION TREATY

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    MOSCOW, March 1 (RIA Novosti, Olga Lipich) - On Tuesday in the Moscow Jewish Communal Center President of the CIS Federation of Jewish Communities Lev Levayev and President of the American Jewish Congress Jack Rosen will sign a treaty on cooperation.

    "The treaty is aimed at protecting civil and religious rights, at developing civil society in the countries of the former USSR and at fighting against anti-Semitism, racism and xenophobia," Natalia Rykova, press secretary of Chief Rabbi of Russia and the CIS Berl Lazar, said.

    According to her, a treaty on cooperation between the Jewish communities in the USA and the CIS will be the first in the history of these countries.

    "The missions of the American Jewish Congress and of the CIS Federation of Jewish Communities are identical. Their aim is to counter religious and ethnic intolerance, which shows alarming symptoms of revival. And another aim is to preserve Jewish originality, to improve contacts with the Jews in other countries and to participate in the public life of our countries in the name of democracy and human values," Mrs. Rykova pointed out.

    The main problems, she continued, for the solution of which the Jewish communities of the USA and the CIS intend to coordinate their efforts are "the rapid spread of anti-Semitism in the world, including the USA and the Russian Federation," and "a constant threat of terrorism."

    "This partnership is also necessary for deepening Russian-American contacts and for interaction in relations with Israel," Mrs. Rykova concluded.

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