Russia to build new security architecture in Asia-Pacific

Last Updated: Thursday, January 13, 2011 - 21:09

Moscow: Russia on Thursday called for building
a new security architecture in Asia-Pacific Region based on
the principle of `indivisibility and equality`, saying that
India and China support the initiative.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov was addressing
his annual news conference here. He was taking stock of
Moscow`s diplomatic activities in 2010. Lavrov said unlike
Europe, the Asian-Pacific Region (APR) lacks a universal forum
like Organisation of Security and Cooperation (OSCE).

"In September during President Dmitry Medvedev`s
Beijing visit, Russia and China took an initiative of security
dialogue in APR, based on the principle of indivisibility of
security.

Our another strategic partner - India also supports
this, the joint Indo-Russian documents signed during President
Medvedev`s India visit in December, demonstrate this," Lavrov
said.

He reminded that Russia is a member of APEC and a
dialogue partner with all the major regional organisations
including ASEAN and East Asia Summit, and underscored Moscow`s
intention to enhance security and stability in the region by
playing an active role in the economic and political life of
the APR.

Lavrov noted the clear tendencies of the emergence of
a "new post-Cold War polycentric democratic world order" and
role of `network diplomacy` like G-8, G-20, RIC and BRIC.

"Some may deny or ignore it, but it is a reality," he
underscored. Lavrov lauded the role of track-2 diplomacy in
the Russia-India-China (RIC) format, which has brought the
scholars, experts and business of the three countries closer
in the resolving the issues of common interests, including
agriculture, healthcare and disaster mitigation.

He told that at the BRIC summit in China this year,
South Africa will also join the club of world fastest growing
economies comprising of Brazil, Russia, India and China.

"This will transform BRIC into BRICS," Lavrov said and
added: "We view it as an exceptionally important format of
direct contact between the leaders of the countries sharing a
common vision of a new world order."

The Russian Foreign Minister said the track-2
diplomacy will be a major component of the BRICS.

The group will also publish annual statistics reports.

He also underscored the role of Shanghai Cooperation
Organisation (SCO) in the regional security and stability.

Russia, China and four former Soviet Central Asian
republics are the founder members of the regional grouping,
while India, Pakistan, Iran and Mongolia are its observers.

Lavrov hinted that at its 10th Jubilee summit in
Kazakh capital Astana this summer gates could be opened for
new members. India, Pakistan and Iran have evinced their
interest in the full membership in the grouping.

PTI



First Published: Thursday, January 13, 2011 - 21:09

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