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Media Release

Fiji and Russian Foreign Minister meet in New York

Fiji and Russian Foreign Ministers meet in New York

29th September 2012: Fiji’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ratu Inoke Kubuabola met today with the Foreign Minister of the Russian Federation, Sergei Lavrov.  The meeting took place in the context of the Russia-PSIDS (Pacific Small Island Developing States) Ministerial Meeting held at the United Nations.  

The meeting was a follow-up to the Russia-PSIDS Ministerial Meeting held in Nadi in January, 2012.  Ministers Lavrov and Kubuabola expressed satisfaction at the progress of the various bilateral issues tabled between Fiji and Russia at the Nadi meeting.

Heads of Government, Foreign Ministers and Ambassadors of the PSIDS were present to discuss development issues with Minister Lavrov and the Russian Permanent Representative to the UN, Ambassador Vitaly Churkin.  The PSIDS present included Cook Islands, Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu.

The Ministers acknowledged the desire of the Russian Federation and the Pacific Small Island Developing States to promote and strengthen their bonds of friendship and cooperation.  Discussions covered sustainable development, climate change, security, scholarships, communications and bilateral visa arrangements.

The Ministerial Meeting agreed to meet annually in the margins of the United Nations General Assembly during the September General Debate.  A communiqué was issued at the conclusion of the meeting (see attached.)

(Caption: Foreign Ministers Kubuabola and Lavrov at the United Nations, New York, today)


 

Joint Communiqué

The Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation
and
representatives of the Pacific Small Island Developing States (PSIDS):
His Excellency Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Tonga
His Excellency Prime Minister of the Republic of Vanuatu
Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of the Republic of Fiji
Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade of the Republic of Nauru
Minister for Foreign Affairs and Immigration of the Independent State of Papua New Guinea
Minister for Foreign Affairs of Tuvalu
Secretary for Foreign Affairs of the Cook Islands
Secretary for Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Kiribati
Associate Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Independent State of Samoa
Permanent Representative to the UN of the Republic of the Marshall Islands
Permanent Representative to the UN of the Federated States of Micronesia
Permanent Representative to the UN of the Republic of Palau

met in New York on September 28, 2012.

The meeting acknowledged the desire of the Russian Federation and the Pacific Small Island Developing States to promote and strengthen the bonds of friendship and cooperation,

The meeting reaffirmed the commitment of the Russian Federation and the Pacific Small Island Developing States to the principles of international law and in particular to the provisions of the Charter of the United Nations,

The extensive Pacific coastline of the Russian Federation and its legitimate desire to play a greater role in the trade, investment, humanitarian and security architecture of the Asia-Pacific region was taken into account,

The meeting recalled the inaugural meeting between the Russian Federation and the Pacific Small Island Developing States at Ministerial level in New York on 22 September 2011, and the wish expressed therein to continue holding regular meetings,

The meeting recalled also the meeting between the Russian Federation and the Pacific Small Island Developing States at Ministerial level in Nadi on 31 January, 2012, and noted that the Nadi meeting agreed there would be mutual openness to the idea of holding similar meetings in the Russian Federation or in the Pacific Small Island Developing States in the future,

The meeting recognized the chairmanship of the Russian Federation of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) organization in 2012, and its hosting of the APEC Leaders' Week in Vladivostok on 2-9 September 2012 and welcomed the willingness of the Russian Federation to reflect the challenges and concerns of the Pacific Small Islands Developing States in the context of its APEC Chairmanship,

The meeting reaffirmed the multilateral cooperation between the Russian Federation and the Pacific Small Island Developing States within the United Nations system and further stressed the importance of widening the scope of issues to advocate based on a common approach,

The meeting stressed the crucial importance of promoting sustainable development at all levels in order to achieve, including through mutually agreed measures, social inclusion, economic growth and environmental sustainability while also supporting the efforts of the international community aimed at implementing the outcomes of the 2012 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20),

The meeting recognized that the adverse impacts of climate change pose serious challenges to many countries and stressed the importance of cooperation to address adaptation and mitigation measures at national, regional and global levels in accordance with the principles and provisions of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change,

The meeting recommended focusing efforts on the implementation of mutually beneficial projects in the fields of trade and economy, information and communication technologies,

The meeting decided to explore possibilities for cooperation between the Russian Federation and the Pacific Small Island Developing States in the field of sustainable fisheries,

The meeting called upon the representatives of tourist and hotel industries of the Russian Federation and the Pacific Small Island Developing States to consider the potential for investments in the tourism sector and for growth in tourist flows between the countries,

The meeting decided to consider the potential for establishing air and maritime transportation between the Russian Federation and the Pacific Small Island Developing States,

The meeting welcomed the provision of scholarships by the Russian Federation to the citizens of the Pacific Small Island Developing States to study at Russian educational institutions,

The meeting encouraged the promotion of cultural, scientific, sports and other social and economic cooperation between the Russian Federation and the Pacific Small Island Developing States,

The meeting decided to explore the feasibility of concluding bilateral visa agreements between the Russian Federation and each Pacific Small Island Developing State, as appropriate, with a view to simplifying travel between the respective countries,

The meeting reaffirmed the intention to hold meetings between the Russian Federation and the Pacific Small Island Developing States at the Ministerial level on an annual basis, with the venues of such meetings to be in New York on the margins of the United Nations General Assembly General Debate, and from time to time in the Russian Federation or in the Pacific Small Island Developing States. In this regard, the meeting agreed to continue to cooperate through a Working Group at the Ambassadorial level in New York to examine ways that relations between the Russian Federation and the Pacific Small Island Developing States could be further strengthened.