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Russia: Yeltsin Urges Cooperation To Fight Organized Crime

Moscow, 19 October 1999 (RFE/RL) - President Boris Yeltsin called on top law enforcement officials from the G-7 most industrialized nations plus Russia to cooperate in their efforts to fight terrorism and organized crime. In a letter of greeting to the participants of a two-day conference in Moscow, Yeltsin said that crime has become a serious challenge to the future stability of "all mankind." He pledged that Russia will take an "active part" in the struggle against transnational organized crime. Yeltsin's address was read by Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, who opened the conference with his own pledge to halt the flow of "dirty money" from Russia being laundered in foreign banks. Putin met with U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno, who is attending the conference.

Besides money-laundering, the G-7 plus Russia conference in Moscow will discuss measures to combat international terrorism, the narcotics trade, and computer crime.

The G-7 is made up of the United States, Britain, France, Germany, Italy, Canada, and Japan. This is the third such meeting, coming after a conference in Washington in 1997 and Birmingham last year.