September 10th, 2007 03:10 EST
Russian Minister of Foreign Affairs Sergey Lavrov Takes Questions
Foreign Minister Lavrov: Secretary of External Affairs of the United Mexican States Patricia Espinosa and I discussed the progress achieved in the implementation of the accords that had been reached between our presidents during an exchange of visits. We spoke about the trade-and-economic part of our relations, which has been evolving quite intensively, with emphasis on the investment component. The Mexican side`s interest for investments in Russia is substantial. This concerns such areas of cooperation as production of hydropower plant equipment, the automotive industry, helicopters and, of course, energy development.
We agreed that towards the next session of the Intergovernmental Commission we would also prepare a meeting of business and academic circles so that they directly establish closer contacts between themselves and acquaint themselves more fully with the capabilities of each other.
We also agreed to continue closely cooperating in the UN and within APEC. Ours is a very good political dialogue with Mexico. It is a serious country which proceeds in its foreign policy along the lines of the common approaches of most countries and favors multilaterality and the strengthening of international law, with the UN playing a central role.
Question: A trilateral US, Japanese and Australian leaders` meeting took place within the APEC framework. Among the issues examined, the North Korean nuclear problem also was discussed. Do you see this as an attempt to go beyond the Six as new participants appear in the settlement process?
Foreign Minister Lavrov: Meeting were the Three you`ve mentioned. Not the Six. So there can be no talk about attempts to go beyond. Â" Of course, all countries are entitled and free to discuss the issues of interest to them, but at the same time everyone understands that the real mechanism that can be used in resolving the Korean Peninsula nuclear problem is the Six. The next meeting of the Six`s special envoys is now being prepared; it is due to take place this month. They will also discuss prospects for convening a meeting of the foreign ministers of the Six. It was in this mechanism, with the participation of the DPRK of course, that the agreements were devised which have now begun to be implemented and with the full realization of which the hope is associated for a comprehensive settlement of Korean Peninsula problems, not only the nuclear problem, but the problems of peace and security as well. One of the working groups, as you know, as part of the six-way process, is dedicated precisely to peace and security in Northeast Asia. Russia heads it. Two meetings have already been held.
So it is the real negotiation process of the Six that constitutes the way to tackling all the problems of this region.
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