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Full text of joint communique of Russian, Indian, Chinese foreign ministers' meeting

04-15-2012 09:17 BJT

MOSCOW, April 14 (Xinhua) -- The foreign ministers of the Russian Federation, the Republic of India and the People's Republic of China issued a joint communique Friday after wrapping up their 11th meeting here.

The following is the full text of the document:

JOINT COMMUNIQUE of the Eleventh Meeting of the Foreign Ministers of the Russian Federation, the Republic of India and the People's Republic of China

1. The Foreign Ministers of the Russian Federation, the Republic of India and the People's Republic of China held their 11th meeting in Moscow on 13 April 2012.

2. The Ministers reiterated the importance attached by Russia, India and China to their constructive cooperation in the trilateral format. They stressed that this cooperation was not directed against any other country, was conducive to the promotion of regional peace, security and stability and served to benefit their peoples.

3. The Ministers reviewed the progress in the implementation of the decisions taken at their 10th Meeting in Wuhan, China on 14-15 November 2010.

The Ministers underlined the importance of cooperation in the field of disaster management and appreciated the outcome of the trilateral programme for exchange of information and expertise on the use of geo-spatial technologies in monitoring and forecasting flood and drought organized in Hyderabad, India on 24-26 May 2011. They also welcomed the outcome of the 4th Russia-India-China Trilateral Expert Meeting on Disaster Management in St. Petersburg, Russia on 6-9 September 2011 and identified priorities for further cooperation in the trilateral format.

The Ministers welcomed the growth in trade and investment relations among the three countries and took note of the 3rd Trilateral Business Forum in Rostov-on-Don, Russia on 21-22 September 2011.

The Ministers noted with satisfaction that the 11th Trilateral Academic Scholars Dialogue was convened in Beijing on 15-16 November 2011.

The Ministers supported advancing practical cooperation in the trilateral format in the areas of emergency response, health care, agriculture, business, energy and innovation & high technology, acting in close coordination with efforts made in these areas by different multilateral fora.

4. The Ministers recognized that the world was undergoing profound changes, and the global trend towards multipolarity was irreversible. Meanwhile, global challenges were becoming ever more serious and complex. In this context, they emphasized the need to find collective solutions to global challenges such as regional conflicts, WMD proliferation, terrorism, transnational organized crime, illicit drug trafficking, natural and man-made disasters, financial and economic destabilization, food shortages and climate change. They noted that the events in the Middle East and North Africa had shown that there was no alternative to negotiations and peaceful settlement of conflicts through concerted actions by the international community. The Ministers affirmed that Russia, India and China intended to closely cooperate in addressing these challenges, including by consulting among themselves in the framework of the U.N. and relevant multilateral fora.

5. The Ministers stressed the importance for the Asia-Pacific region to establish an open and transparent security and cooperation architecture responsive to the legitimate interests of every country in the region and built on universally recognized norms and principles of international law, recognition of the indivisibility of security and mutual respect and confidence.

6. The Ministers noted that the East Asia Summits provided a promising format for dialogue on broad strategic, political and economic issues of common interest and concern with the aim of promoting peace, stability, and economic prosperity in East Asia. Russia, India and China called for advancing partnership in the spirit of network diplomacy among various regional associations, fora and dialogue structures, such as ASEM, ASEAN, the SCO, ARF, SAARC, CICA, the ADMM-Plus and others.

7. The Ministers expressed deep concern over the continuing situation in Afghanistan and stressed the importance of the international community remaining engaged in Afghanistan. They called on the international community to deal firmly with terrorist groups to obviate the risk of Afghanistan sliding back to being a safe haven for terrorists and extremists, threatening the region and beyond. The Ministers reaffirmed that Russia, India and China remained committed to a peaceful, stable, independent and prosperous Afghanistan.

8. The Ministers stressed the central coordinating role of the U.N. in promoting peace and stability in Afghanistan. They reaffirmed readiness to closely interact on Afghanistan in the framework of the U.N. and within other international fora and regional initiatives, including the Regional Economic Cooperation Conference on Afghanistan, the Istanbul process and the SCO. In this regard they welcomed Afghanistan's aspiration to play a larger role in these regional organizations.

The Ministers stated that the withdrawal of International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) should be guided by the security situation on the ground and the capability of Afghan National Security Forces to take care of the security of their country. The Ministers noted that ISAF should fulfill its task in accordance with the mandates of UNSC resolutions.

9. The Ministers proceed from the assumption that national reconciliation in Afghanistan should take place truly under the Afghan leadership and ownership, as laid forth in the 20 July 2010 Kabul Conference Communique and further elaborated in the 5 December 2011 Bonn Conference Conclusions supported by the Government of Afghanistan and the international community.

10. The Ministers emphasized the urgent need for the international community to counteract illicit drugs production in and trafficking from Afghanistan, in line with the decisions of the Paris Pact and the SCO Anti-Drug Strategy.

11. The Ministers firmly supported the central coordinating role of the United Nations in maintaining international peace and security, promoting common development and international cooperation. They reaffirmed the need for a comprehensive reform of the U.N., including its Security Council, with a view to making it more effective, efficient and representative. Russia and China reiterated the importance they attach to the status of India in international affairs and support its aspiration to play a greater role in the U.N.

12. The Ministers reaffirmed that, being responsible States that possess advanced nuclear technologies, Russia, China and India considered it as their common task to prevent proliferation of nuclear weapons and contribute actively to strengthening the nuclear non-proliferation regime. They welcomed the successful holding of the Nuclear Security Summit in Seoul in March 2012 and supported the implementation of decisions contained in its Communique.

13. The Ministers noted that the situation concerning Iranian nuclear issue could not be allowed to escalate into conflict, the disastrous consequences of which would be in no one' s interest. Iran has a crucial role to play for the peaceful development and prosperity of a region of high political and economic relevance, and needs to play its legitimate part as a responsible member of the global community. The Ministers expressed concern about the situation that was emerging around Iran' s nuclear issue. They recognized Iran' s right to peaceful uses of nuclear energy consistent with its international obligations, and support resolution of the issues involved through political and diplomatic means and dialogue, including between the IAEA and Iran, and urged Iran to comply with the provisions of the relevant U.N. Security Council Resolutions and extend its full cooperation to the IAEA. The Ministers expressed the hope that the P5+1 meeting on 14 April 2012 would yield positive results.


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