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Partnership Council of EU and Russian Foreign Ministers convenes in Brussels

The Permanent Partnership Council of the EU and Russia between Foreign Ministers convened in Brussels on 3 November. Finland was represented by Foreign Minister Erkki Tuomioja as EU President. Russia was represented by Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov. The meeting focused on the preparations for the EU-Russia Summit in Helsinki on 24 November. The ministers also discussed international agenda, including Georgia, Moldova, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Iran, the Middle East and Kosovo.

The Quadripartite meeting between the EU and the Council of Europe will take place after the Permanent Partnership Council on Friday, 3 November, in Brussels. Foreign Minister Tuomioja will represent the EU Presidency and Foreign Minister Lavrov the Russian Chair of the Council of Europe. Cooperation between the EU and the Council of Europe was on the agenda of the meeting, more particularly the strengthening of cooperation in the fields of human rights, democracy and rule of law.

In Brussels, Foreign Minister Tuomioja also met with Mehmet Ali Talat, the leader of the Turkish Cypriot Community, to discuss current issues related to Cyprus.