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3rd meeting of the CSCAP Multilateral security governance in Northeast Asia/North Pacific Study Group held in Vladivostok 13-14 November 2011

On 13-14 November 2011, the 3rd meeting of the CSCAP Multilateral security governance in Northeast Asia/North Pacific Study Group was held in Vladivostok with the support of Far Eastern branch of “Russkiy Mir” foundation.

The heads of CSCAP national committees Ma Zhengang (People’s Republic of China), Tsutomu Kikuchi (Japan), Kim Song Hang (South Korea), the representatives of India, Mongolia, Taipei, PRC and leading Russian experts took part in the meeting.

The meeting’s being the first CSCAP event organized in Russia can be regarded as an important step towards strengthening of Russian positions in “track two” diplomacy structures in the Asia-Pacific region. The meeting arose a keen interest among the leading scientists of Primorsky Region, local mass-media and students of the Far Eastern Federal University, future international relations specialists and diplomats, who were observing the meeting.

 During the ceremonial opening participants of the meeting were greeted by CSCAP Russian national committee Coordinator Georgy Toloraya, Vladivostok Duma Chairperson Valeriy Rozov, acting Representative of the Ministry of Foreign Affaires of the Russian Federation in Vladivostok Igor Agafonov, the USA Consul General in Vladivostok Silvia Reed Curran, member of Primorskiy Region Parliament and the head of "Edinaya Rossia" faction Vladimir Kurilov,  deputy head of Primorsky Region law enforcement coordination department Lilia Goncharuck, head of international relations and tourism department of Vladivostok city administration Vladimir Saprykin. All speakers have emphasized the fact that Study Group’s meeting in Vladivostok prior to APEC Summit in 2012 has a special meaning for the city and for Primorky Region as a whole, and  wished the participants fruitful work.

Study group meeting participants discussed the multilateral structures operating in the Northwest Asia and institutional aspect of security maintenance in the region on multilateral basis, prospects and opportunities for cooperation between international organizations in the region.

Special attention was paid to the North Korean problem, namely, six-party talks and the possible ways  of resolution of nuclear problem on the Korean peninsula, alongside with energy aspect of security in the Northwest Asia.

Outcomes of the meeting will be included in the documents being prepared for Asian Regional Security Forum.

CSCAP Russia Secretariat