Russia intends to ratify one more ILO convention

Russia intends to ratify the eighth of the fundamental conventions of the International Labour Organisation /ILO/, Alexander Yakovenko, an official Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman, said on Saturday.

According to him, Moscow has already ratified seven of them. Yakovenko also said that the March session of the organisation's administrative council fixed an agenda for the 91st ILO session, which is to be held in June 2003. The agenda includes Russia's proposals on the tapping of human resources and on personnel training and ILO efforts promoting labour safety and hygiene. The Russian spokesman said that members of the council backed unanimously Arab countries' initiative to recommend the next, 89th, ILO session to hold a special meeting to examine the condition of working people in the occupied Arab territories.