September 12th, 2007 02:02 EST
Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov Following Talks with President Alan Garcia of the Republic of Peru
Foreign Minister Lavrov: Thank you Mr. President for your hospitality felt by us from the first minutes of our stay on this soil.
Your meeting last week in Sidney with Russian President Vladimir Putin had a major significance for imparting new quality to our trade-and-economic cooperation, which needs upgrading to the level of our excellent political dialogue. In development of this meeting, the accords we reached today, particularly with regard for the Peruvian First Vice President’s visit to Moscow in the next few weeks, will surely help to involve our economic operators and military-technical cooperation partners in practical projects more effectively and concretely.
We will keep up the glorious traditions of cooperation in the humanitarian sphere, including education. Peruvian students continue studying in Russia. We are ready to expand their number.
We are ready to cooperate even more effectively within APEC, as its summit will next year take place in Peru, which will chair this organization in 2008. We will watch your experience closely because Russia will host the 2012 APEC summit. As within APEC and the UN, so in the context of the development of Russian relations with the integration associations in Latin America, we together with Peru hold close or in most cases coinciding positions on the necessity of bolstering the legal foundations of today’s world order, strengthening the central role of the UN and settling all disputes by peaceful means on the basis of the UN Charter.
We highly appreciate Peru’s contribution to UN peacekeeping activities and will support enhancing their effectiveness in every way.
Allow me to once again thank Mr. President for the welcome accorded.
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