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Russia expects realistic results from fresh round
Updated: 2004-06-20 14:58

Russia expected the third round of six-party talks to produce certain realistic results as the parties involved shared some consensus in stances, a senior official of the Russian delegation said here Sunday at the Beijing international airport.

The Russian delegation for the working group's second meeting of the six-party talks on the nuclear issue of the Korean Peninsula arrived in Beijing Sunday morning.

The official said Russia's position on the nuclear issue remained unchanged as it was at the first and second rounds of talks and the Russian side hoped the third round of talks will go on smoothly.

Russian Ambassador At Large Alexander Alexeyev has been appointed Russia's new special envoy to the third round of six- party talks, replacing Alexander Losyukov, Russia's current ambassador to Japan and former Deputy Foreign Minister, who headed the Russian delegation at the first and second rounds of talks in August 2003 and February this year. The heads of the other delegations remained unchanged.

The delegations of the Republic of Korea also arrived in Beijing on Sunday morning. The Japanese delegation is expected to arrive later on Sunday, sources said.

The delegations of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) and the United States arrived in Beijing on Saturday.

The delegation heads of the five delegations are expected to arrive in Beijing respectively from June 21 to 23, according to sources.

The third round of six-party talks, involving China, the DPRK, the United States, the ROK, Russian, and Japan, will be held in Beijing's Diaoyutai State Guesthouse from June 23 to June 26, according to China's Foreign Ministry.

As host of the six-party talks, China earlier called for " reasonable expectations" on the third round of negotiations in view of the intricacy of the nuclear issues. But Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Zhang Qiyue said China will continue to engage itself in promoting peaceful negotiations to push the six-party talks forward.

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