CIS countries agree reform mandate, sign cooperation deals


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Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev addresses a summit of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) in Minsk, capital of Belarus, Nov. 28, 2006. Leaders from the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) on Tuesday instructed their foreign ministers to draw up plans for reforms of the organization by next June and signed a series of deals including one on cooperation in cracking down on illegal immigration.

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From left, Head of the Commonwealth of Independent States' mission Vladimir Rushailo, Presidents Islam Karimov of Uzbekistan, Vladimir Putin of Russia, Kurmanbek Bakiyev of Kyrgyzstan, Mikhail Saakashvili of Georgia, Ilham Aliev of Azerbaijan, Alexander Lukashenko of Belarus, Robert Kocharian of Armenia, Nursultan Nazarbayev of Kazakhstan, Vladimir Voronin of Moldova, Imomali Rakhmonov of Tajikistan, Viktor Yushchenko of Ukraine, pose at a CIS summit in Minsk, Belarus, Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2006.

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Foreign Ministers and representatives of member nations of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) meet in Minsk, Belarus, Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2006.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin and Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov arrive at Minsk airport for a Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) summit Nov. 28, 2006. (Xinhua/Reuters Photo)


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