The 18th meeting on the CIS Cultural Cooperation Council opened in Baku on Tuesday.
The Council is to discuss the implementation by the Commonwealth countries of the inter-state procedures, which are needed for agreements on cultural cooperation and plan of the Council's work for 2003 to come into effect, said the headquarters of the CIS Executive Committee in Minsk.
In addition, the meeting will focus on the 2nd congress of CIS culture and art figures under the motto "Preservation of Cultural Legacy and Support for Creative Youth", the foundation of the CIS cultural legacy backing, the draft of the programme of celebrations of the 60th anniversary of the victory in the Great Patriotic War, the 2nd international festival of CIS national arts and the 2nd youth Delphian CIS Games in Moldova in 2004.
The Russian delegation, headed by Minister of Culture Mikhail Shvydkoi, participates in the work of the CIS Cultural Cooperation Council.
The chairman of the Executive Committee, CIS Executive Secretary Yuri Yarov par ticipates in the Council's meeting for the first time.