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23:15 | Aug 12 | 2011

Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs Will Support International Initiatives of Yakutia

On March 28 the President of the Sakha Republic (Yakutia) Egor Borisov met with the RF Minister of Foreign Affairs Sergey Lavrov in Moscow. Investment attractiveness of the region and the possibility for cooperation with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the course of preparation and carrying out of big international events to be held in the Republic were discussed at the meeting. 

On March 28 the President of the Sakha Republic (Yakutia) Egor Borisov met with the RF Minister of Foreign Affairs Sergey Lavrov in Moscow. Investment attractiveness of the region and the possibility for cooperation with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the course of preparation and carrying out of big international events to be held in the Republic were discussed at the meeting.

Egor Borisov raised with the MFA Head a number of issues of current importance related to development of the Republic’s external economic relations and attraction of international investments in the region’s economy.

First and foremost, he asked for support in carrying out preparation activities for the Children of Asia V International Sports Games. More specifically, for the foreign teams invitation process to be made more effective the President of the Republic proposed to consider the possibility that the invitation letters to Asian countries be signed by Lavrov himself.

In order to promote Yakutia’s investment potential at the Children of Asia V Games International Sports Egor Borisov also asked for Minister Lavrov’s assistance in organizing a presentation of the Republic in the Russia MFA Press Center or in the MFA Reception House on Spiridonovka Str. in Moscow.

Next year Yakutia will be celebrating a number of important anniversaries – 380 years since it became part of the Russian state, 90 years since creation of the Yakutskaya Autonomous Soviet Socialist Republic, and 20 years since the Ministry of External Relations of the Sakha Republic (Yakutia) was established. Based on that, Egor Borisov proposed that arrangements be made in order for a delegation of the Russia MFA to take part in the celebrations and that signing of a Protocol for Cooperation between the MFA of Russia and the Government of the Sakha Republic for the next planning period (2013–2017) be envisaged within the framework of this visit.

The parties discussed participation of the Republic in international projects of UNESCO, as well as prospects for inclusion of the Lena Pillars Natural Park in the World Heritage List.

Another item on the meeting’s agenda concerned signing of an intergovernmental agreement with Japan, related to Egor Borisov’s visit to the Land of the Rising Sun in November last year.

On all the issues the President of the Sakha Republic (Yakutia) secured a firm support from the head of the country’s foreign affairs office.

Meeting of the Russian Federation Commission for UNESCO


Along with the President of Yakutia Egor Borisov, the meeting was attended by the RS(Y) Minister of External Relations Valery Maximov and the Co-Chairman of the National Committee for UNESCO Elizaveta Sidorova.

The Chairman of the Commission, the Russian Federation Minister of Foreign Affairs Sergey Lavrov made opening remarks at the meeting.

In their presentations many speakers noted active participation of the Sakha Republic in the UNESCO’s “Teachers of the Arctic” and “Circumpolar Civilization in the World Museums” international projects.

At the same time during the Commission’s General Meeting it was noted that the nomination proposal for the Lena Pillars Nature Park fully met the UNESCO World Heritage Center’s technical requirements. The next step is the nomination proposal to be evaluated by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), the evaluation process envisaging an expert mission of the world leading scientists. And the final decision on the Lena Pillars Natural Park proposed inclusion in the World Heritage List is to be taken at the session of the UNESCO World Heritage Committee in the summer of 2012.

It was also discussed at the meeting that the VII International Congress Festival of Jaw-Harp Music “Khomus (trump) in the World Cultural Space” scheduled for June 2011 will be held in Yakutsk under the auspices of UNESCO.