Russian, Algerian FMs hold talks, Ivanov reax on Syria, NKorean talks






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1. Wide exterior of Osobnyak, the Russian Foreign Ministry’s residence
2. Russian Foreign Minister Igor Ivanov and Algerian Foreign Minister Abdelaziz Belkhadem entering room
3. Wide shot of foreign ministers sitting at table
4. Media
5. Ivanov sitting with Russian ministry officials
6. Ivanov
7. Belkhadem
8. Close up of Belkhadem
9. Ministers seated at table
10. Media
11. Ministers walking up to microphones
12. Reporter writing in notebook
13. SOUNDBITE: (Russian) Igor Ivanov, Russian Foreign Minister:
“It is in this context (making the UN more instrumental in dealing with major international problems) that we discussed ways in which to reconstruct Iraq and settle the Middle East settlement issues.”
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15. SOUNDBITE: (Russian) Igor Ivanov, Russian Foreign Minister:
“If at some stage of consultations or negotiations, the sides (US and North Korea) deem Russia’s participation necessary for a positive outcome, Russia will be ready to contribute.”
16. Ivanov listening to questions from journalists
17. SOUNDBITE: (Russian) Igor Ivanov, Russian Foreign Minister:
“The United States and Syria maintain diplomatic relations. Therefore we believe any anxiety should be looked at and decided in the context of these relations.” (pause for Arabic translation) “The policy of threats, especially without the presentation of any concrete facts, can complicate the already difficult situation in the region.”
18. Wide shot of Ivanov and Belkhadem leaving

STORYLINE:

Russian Foreign Minister Igor Ivanov met with his Algerian counterpart, Abdelaziz Belkhadem, on Wednesday in Moscow. During the meeting, the two foreign minsters discussed a broad range of issues, dealing with both domestic and international policies.

Commenting on the latest diplomatic developments over Syria, Ivanov said that the United States should refrain from the “policy of threats” in its relations with Syria.

At a news briefing after the bi-lateral talks, Ivanov said that “the policy of threats, especially without the presentation of any concrete facts, can complicate the already difficult situation in the region,” Ivanov said.

Both Ivanov and Belkhadem said they favored a strong United Nations role in Iraq’s reconstruction. Russia strongly opposed the US-led military operation and wants the world body to have a central role in postwar Iraq.

The two ministers also commented on the talks between the United States and North Korea over the nuclear programme. Ivanov said that if Russia’s participation in the talks is necessary for a positive outcome, “Russia will be ready to contribute”.

The two ministers also discussed expanding the economic and military cooperation agreement signed by Russian President Vladimir Putin and Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika in 2001.

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