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The agreement on cooperation in the field of studying, investigation and use of mineral raw material resources

of March 27, 1997

The State Parties of this agreement on behalf of the governments, further - the Parties,

being guided by provisions of the Agreement on creation of Economic union of September 24, 1993 and the Agreement on general terms and the mechanism of support of development of production cooperation of the companies and industries of the State Parties of the Commonwealth of Independent States of December 23, 1993,

proceeding from feasibility of development of interaction in economic and scientific and technical spheres, enhancement of the mechanism of scientific, production and commercial ties,

attaching great value to effective solution of problems of studying, investigation and rational use of mineral raw material resources, geoecology and environmental protection,

agreed as follows:

Article 1

The parties promote the solution of the following tasks:

to coordination and development of cooperation in the field of studying, investigation and use of mineral raw material resources;

to providing the national economy and market of the Parties with mineral raw materials, and also products of its conversion;

to stabilization and further development of mining and gornopererabatyvayushchy productions, ensuring rational use of mineral raw materials taking into account the developed production and technological bonds between the companies of the Parties.

Article 2

The parties according to the national legal system make efforts on use of fields of scarce and strategic types of mineral raw materials and capacities on their conversion, on increase in the export potential of mineral raw materials and products of its conversion, program implementation of reduction of import dependence, maintenance of system of mineral and raw providing economy of the Parties with scarce and strategic types of minerals, implementation of comprehensive investing programs on fundamental and applied problems.

Article 3

The parties perform actions for development of the prospecting, extracting and processing industries, creation of conditions for their investment, forming of coordinated policy in the field of standardization and certification of mineral raw materials and products of its conversion based on internationally acknowledged requirements.

Article 4

The parties perform actions for providing, development and production of the complex machinery and equipment for the prospecting and mining companies.

Article 5

The parties perform interaction in the field of scientific and technical and information support, monitoring system of the geological circle, on preparation of forecasts of geodynamic and catastrophic geological processes, coordination of works on forming of geographic information analytical systems and conditions for preparation and advanced training scientific, engineering and personnel.

Article 6

The parties take measures for the problem resolution of improvement of ecological situation in the regions connected with investigation, production and use of mineral raw material resources, to creation and implementation of resource-saving technologies and the equipment and also for development at the interstate level of system of environmental monitoring of the geological circle of the border territories, including accomplishment of joint surveys.

Article 7

For coordination of cooperation in the field of development of mineral and raw complex of the Party create the Intergovernmental council on investigation, use and protection of subsoil acting on the basis of the Provision which is integral part of this agreement.

Article 8

The realization of this agreement is enabled on the basis of bilateral and multilateral agreements, agreements (contracts) signed by relevant organs, the organizations, the companies and other business entities of the Parties in other mutually agreed forms.

In case of the choice and determination of forms of support of the specific directions of cooperation of the Parties are guided by mutual interests.

Article 9

The parties agree about standardization of the terms applied in case of investigation and use of mineral raw material resources based on the international requirements.

Article 10

The parties perform exchange of legal acts and normative legal documents in the field of studying, use and protection of subsoil and take measures for their rapprochement.

Article 11

This agreement does not affect the rights and obligations of the Parties following from other international treaties which participants they can be.

Article 12

In case of the solution of the questions connected with use of the data which are the state secret, the Parties are guided by the national legal systems and international treaties which participants they are.

Article 13

The matters of argument connected using or interpretation of this agreement, are permitted by consultations and negotiations of concerned parties or using other procedures which are not contradicting rules of international law.

Article 14

Changes and additions by common consent of the Parties can be made to this agreement.

Article 15

This agreement becomes effective after delivery on storage to depositary of the third notification on accomplishment of the interstate procedures by the Parties necessary for its entry into force. For the Parties which performed interstate procedures later it becomes effective from the date of delivery of the adequate notice to depositary.

Article 16

In 2 months after the introduction of this agreement owing to the Party will hold meeting of the relevant national authorities for determination of first-priority measures for its realization.

Article 17

This agreement is signed sine die.

Article 18

Each Party can leave this agreement, having in writing notified on it depositary not later than 12 months to exit.

Article 19

This agreement is open for accession to it of other states sharing its purposes and the principles with the consent of all Parties by transfer to depositary of documents on such accession. Accession is considered by the depositary of the last message of the Parties on consent to such accession which became effective from the date of obtaining.


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