February 13, 2006
RUSSIA READY TO HELP AFRICA
Russian Ambassador to Botswana Igor Liakin-Frolov says his country is ready to promote comprehensive solutions to problems facing the African continent including Botswana.
He said serious attention would still be paid to African problems in 2006. "The overall direction of our efforts, joint activities of the G8 with Africa will not change this year', he said.
Liakin-Frolov was speaking at the occasion of the Russian Diplomats Day, which was held at the Russian Embassy last Thursday.
He said the priorities will be discussed in a meeting of the African Partnership Forum in Moscow in October this year, adding that the meeting will adopt the first progress report on the Forum's joint plan of action.
"We also intend to organize within the Africa Partnership Forum certain events for personal representatives of the G8 leaders for Africa and convene in Moscow two meetings of experts on strengthening the peacemaking capabilities in Africa.
G8 members have been implementing the plan of action for Africa and other G8 decisions aimed at developing partnership with the continent in line with their own national priorities and existing opportunities.
Russia will also try to take an active part in joint actions by the G8 to create conditions necessary for Africa's sustainable development.
Russia, as a permanent member of the United Nations Security Council, has also made a substantial contribution for peacekeeping activities on the continent, including the elaboration in the Security Council's framework of a strategy for the settlement of particular armed conflicts and the definition of mandates for relevant peacekeeping operations.
Russian military and police officers (about 140 at the moment) are deployed
by the United Nations peacekeeping operations in African countries of Burundi, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Western Sahara, Ethiopia and Eritrea, Cote d'Ivoire, Liberia and Sudan.