CIS countries want to create Institute for Space Research
Baku, Azerbaijan, Oct. 23
The protocol on cooperation of the CIS countries in space was signed in Minsk Oct. 23. The partners agreed to establish an international intergovernmental research organization - the Joint Institute for Space Research, the Russian Federal Space Agency said, RIA Novosti reported.
The final protocol was signed following the two-day meeting of representatives of executive bodies of the CIS countries. The meeting was dedicated to the space cooperation.
"One of the key decisions is the partners' agreement on the preparation of a draft agreement on the establishment of an international intergovernmental research organization - the Joint Institute for Space Research," a statement said.
The representatives of Azerbaijan, Russia, Belarus, Armenia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Ukraine also agreed to establish a new contractual-legal base of multilateral cooperation and interstate system of space monitoring of emergency situation and inter-regional satellite system.
"The partners stressed the need for the development of joint work on the exploration and use of outer space for peaceful purposes, taking into account the priorities established by the CIS Development Concept and an action plan for the implementation of the second phase (2012-2015) of the CIS Economic Development Strategy for the period up to 2020," the statement says.
The participants of the sixth meeting of the CIS countries on space cooperation started working in Minsk on Oct. 22.
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