September 13th, 2007 09:50 EST
Joint Statement by the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation and the Republic of Peru
Sergey Lavrov, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, paid an official visit to the Republic of Peru on September 11, 2007, at the invitation of the Government of the Republic of Peru.
The Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation and the Republic of Peru comprehensively discussed the politico-diplomatic, trade-and-economic and other aspects of bilateral cooperation, noting the mutual striving for the development of equal and reciprocally advantageous relations in diverse fields on the basis of the Treaty on Partner Relations Between the Russian Federation and the Republic of Peru, signed on November 18, 2006, particularly by strengthening their juridical base. In this connection Lavrov briefed that Russian Federation President Vladimir Putin had submitted the Treaty to the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation for ratification.
The Ministers of Foreign Affairs reaffirmed the commitment of their states to strengthen democracy and the rule of law state and to promote and defend human rights. The priority importance was noted of building up efforts in the struggle against poverty, corruption, terrorism and illicit drug trafficking, as well as for environmental protection and the prevention and elimination of consequences of natural disasters.
Sergey Lavrov on behalf of the Government of the Russian Federation and the people of Russia again expressed deeply-felt condolences over the August 15 earthquake in southern Peru that carried off numerous human lives and entailed considerable material damage.
The Ministers noted that, based on international law and the principles enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations, the positions of both countries coincide with regard to issues on the international agenda. They spoke for bolstering the UN system in order to ensure international security and peace.
The Sides also noted the identity of their positions on migration problems, particularly where the strict defense of migrants’ rights is concerned regardless of their migration status.
The Ministers reaffirmed the striving of the governments of their countries to pursue market reforms with a view to providing a higher and fairer standard of living for the peoples of their countries on the basis of universal principles of equality and social inclusion.
The Ministers discussed various questions on the universal and regional agenda as well as bilateral relations.
They reaffirmed their commitment to democratic principles and standards in international relations, and noted the necessity of reinforcing the mechanisms of regional and interregional cooperation in the interest of democratic governability in the world.
The Ministers stressed that the similarity of Russia and Peru’s approaches to the key problems of today creates a firm basis for expanding their engagement within the UN, OAS and other international organizations.
The Sides agreed that the strengthening of multipolarity presupposes support by the governments of the two countries of the process of comprehensive reformation of the United Nations with a view to ensuring the effective and transparent consideration of the most acute questions on the international agenda, in particular, those associated with the maintenance of peace and security as well as with development, while securing democratic and representative participation of the UN member states in accordance with the principles and rules of international law.
Russia and Peru are continuing and intensifying their cooperation in the struggle against terrorism, illicit drug trafficking and transnational organized crime.
The Ministers condemned most resolutely any manifestation of terrorist activities and reaffirmed that measures for the prevention of and struggle against them ought to be taken in accordance with the rules of international law, the UN Charter, international treaties, protocols and Security Council resolutions.
They will promote cooperation in this field at the international level in such organizations as the OAS (Organization of American States), the Andean Community, MERCOSUR, the Rio Group, the CIS (Commonwealth of Independent States), the CSTO (Collective Security Treaty Organization) and the SCO (Shanghai Cooperation Organization).
They declare their determination to cooperate closely in carrying out the UN Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy and ensuring strict compliance with and the implementation in national legislation of universal norms, including the International Convention for the Suppression of Acts of Nuclear Terrorism, which has recently entered into force.
The Ministers expressed satisfaction at the high level of interaction between Russia and Peru in the UN Security Council and reaffirmed the central coordinating role of the Security Council as a universal mechanism for the maintenance of international peace and security.
They noted the importance of United Nations peacekeeping missions and in this connection expressed their support for the UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH). They underscored the necessity of extending its mandate for one year with a view to stabilizing the situation in Haiti via internal security reinforcement, the rise of state institutions and human rights observance as well as gradually refocusing the efforts of MINUSTAH on development assistance and the formation of a capacity for internal self-governance in that country.
The Ministers stressed the importance of such mechanisms of political cooperation as the Rio Group and of the processes of economic and political integration of the Latin American region, especially noting the role of the Andean Community in them.
In this connection the Ministers expressed their high interest in giving impulse to the mechanism of political dialogue and cooperation between the Andean Community and the Russian Federation with a view to carrying out joint actions in areas of mutual concern.
The Ministers underscored the importance of cooperation with the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Forum for ensuring development and maintaining stability in the region. They reaffirmed their desire to jointly work for the purpose of movement forward in the liberalization and facilitation of trade, investment, technology exchange and tourism in the region.
Having reviewed the state of bilateral trade, the Ministers acknowledged the necessity of encouraging and augmenting the volume of trade to a level which would match the economic potential of the two countries.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation expressed gratitude to the Peruvian Government for its recognition at the start of the current year of the market status of the Russian economy. The Ministers declared that in furtherance of the provisions of the Treaty on Partner Relations Between the Russian Federation and the Republic of Peru, signed on November 18, 2006, the possibility will be considered of signing agreements of an economic and commercial nature and other documents conducive to the strengthening of bilateral ties.
The Ministers spoke for establishing a Russian-Peruvian Entrepreneurial Council. There would be involved in its work the chambers of commerce and entrepreneurial associations of both countries which could facilitate mutual trips of business people and exchanges of delegations of entrepreneurs, their participation in trade fairs and exhibitions. The Ministers will coordinate efforts in this field with the Ministers of Foreign Trade of their countries.
They welcomed the presence of a favorable climate for bilateral investment. The Peruvian Minister of Foreign Affairs particularly noted political, economic and juridical stability in the country, which determines the attractiveness of Peru for foreign investors.
In this connection the Sides agreed to continue promoting the appropriate mechanisms with a view to the maximal attraction of reciprocal investment.
The Ministers discussed matters relating to the Agreement Between the Government of the Russian Federation and the Government of the Republic of Peru on Military-Technical Cooperation, of April 13, 2004, and decided to come to an agreement with the Ministers of Defense of their states about the possibility of establishing a Russian-Peruvian Intergovernmental Commission whose creation is envisaged by Article 1 of the document. They also agreed to continue the implementation of technology and license transfer projects and to set up joint ventures in Peru which would assist with the technical servicing of industrial equipment.
The Ministers expressed their firm desire to intensify bilateral cooperation in the struggle against the global problem of the spread of narcotics and the related crimes. In this sense they reaffirmed the readiness to continue negotiations with a view to the early signing of an agreement on cooperation in the fight against the abuse of and illicit traffic in drugs and psychotropic substances, and declared the readiness to continue cooperation in the struggle against the various forms of transnational organized crime, including the illicit arms trade.
The Ministers reaffirmed their desire within the shortest time possible to complete the negotiations on the signing of a new agreement on the equivalence and mutual recognition of diplomas and scientific degrees between the Government of the Russian Federation and the Government of the Republic of Peru.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation and the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Peru signed a Memorandum of Understanding and Cooperation in the Sphere of Physical Culture and Sport.
The Ministers highly assessed the meetings at various levels held between officials from the two countries in the last few years, and reaffirmed the striving to expand the mutual exchange of official visits at the highest level and also to hold regular meetings within the framework of the mechanisms existing between the two countries with a view to discussing questions pertaining to bilateral relations and promoting dialogue on key themes on the international agenda.
Sergey Lavrov invited the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Peru to pay an official visit to the Russian Federation at a convenient time for both sides. The date of the visit will be arranged via diplomatic channels.
In his turn, Jose Antonio Garcia Belaunde accepted the invitation of the head of the MFA of the Russian Federation with gratitude.
Minister of Foreign Affairs of Minister of Foreign Affairs of
the Russian Federation the Republic of Peru
S. V. Lavrov J. A. Garcia Belaunde