BSEC PURSUES BLACK SEA RING-ROAD AND PORTS PROJECTS
Member states cooperate on transport in vast region uniting Europe, Asia and the Middle East
A Georgian official visited the leader of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation (BSEC) in Istanbul on Friday to discuss progress on the organization's two biggest projects - a road network encircling the Black Sea, and a system of port links.BSEC Secretary-General Leonidas Chrysanthopoulos hosted Georgian First Deputy Foreign Minister Valeri Chechelashvili at the organization's headquarters on the Bosporus, where the two went over preparations for a ministerial meeting scheduled to take place in Moscow on Nov. 1. The foreign ministers of BSEC member states, meeting at the final event under the current Russian presidency of the organization, plan to formally adopt a memoranda put forth at a September meeting in Sochi. Among several measures, the two most prominent are memoranda to organize a 7,000-kilometer ring-road around the circumference of the Black Sea, and another to coordinate a network of links and cooperation among ports on the Black, Caspian and Mediterranean seas.
ISTANBUL, Turkish Daily News
October 16, 2006
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