Work of intergvt committees on CIS integration not to be disrupted

ITAR-TASS News Agency
March 10, 2004 Wednesday

Work of intergvt committees on CIS integration not to be disrupted

By Lyudmila Yermakova, Dmitry Zlodorev


The meetings of five intergovernmental committees on economic
integration of the CIS states will be held not in March as planned,
but a little bit later, Russian Deputy Minister for Economic
Development and Trade Dmitry Sukhoparov said at the governmental
question-and-answer session during the Federation Council session on
Wednesday. “There will be no disruptions in this process due to the
formation of a new Russian government,” he emphasised.

Sukhoparov also noted that Viktor Khristenko who was appointed
Industry and Energy Minister on Tuesday is still in charge of the
Russian policy on integration with Azerbaijan and Kazakhstan.

The governmental question-and-answer session was devoted to the
development of CIS interstate cooperation. The ambassadors of
Ukraine, Belarus, Tajikistan and Armenia to Russia and staffers of
the embassies of Azerbaijan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan,
Moldova, Georgia and Turkmenistan participated in the session. “We
want to provide Federation Council members with the materials on the
real situation in the CIS states,” chairman of the Federation Council
Committee on CIS Affairs Vadim Gustov told Itar-Tass.

“The position of the leadership of new ministries on the creation of
a single economic space is very important for us,” he remarked.
Gustov noted that several CIS parliamentary delegations headed by
their speakers would meet in St. Petersburg on April 15 in order to
discuss how “to ratify simultaneously the documents on the single
economic space that the presidents will sign.”