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    Vladivostok, June 1 (RIA Novosti) - UN reforms are possible only by common consent, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said after the talks with his Chinese counterpart Li Zhaoxing.

    "We have discussed the reform of the UN and the Security Council, and we turned out to have close or even the same positions on the issue," Lavrov said.

    The ministers considered Russian-Chinese cooperation in international organizations, including the UN.

    According to Lavrov, many documents in different spheres are being drafted for Chinese President Hu Jintao's visit to Russia, with the date of the visit being coordinated via diplomatic channels.

    The foreign ministers also discussed Russian-Chinese cooperation in the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), which includes Russia, China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan, Lavrov said. Two days later Kazakh capital Astana will host a session of SCO foreign ministers who are to focus on preparations for another SCO summit, he added.

    Russia and China come out for using the SCO potential to prevent destabilization in Central Asia. "It is necessary to increase efforts to raise the efficiency of the SCO in the fight against terrorism in Central Asia and use all the SCO potential to prevent destabilization in this important region," the minister concluded.

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