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  1. The academies will continue their program of conferences and consultations concerning approaches to reduce ethnic tensions within multiethnic nations and regions of nations and to reduce international problems rooted in ethnic animosities, with particular attention to the relationships of such problems to global terrorism.

  2. The academies will continue to support the study by American and Russian specialists of end points for disposition of nuclear spent fuel and high level radioactive wastes. They will also consider the organization of an interacademy workshop to evaluate the scientific aspects of an international repository in Russia for nuclear spent fuel.

  3. The academies will undertake a study of approaches for maintaining adequate security systems for protecting nuclear material after the termination of U.S.-Russian collaborative programs in this field.

  4. The academies will carry out projects concerning the capabilities of the two countries to develop knowledge-based economies, including the responsiveness of research institutions to industrial needs for new technologies, the role of NGOs in reducing pollution impacts attendant to industrial development, and the importance of linking universities with research institutions and industrial companies.

  5. The Russian Academy of Sciences will continue to facilitate assessments by the U.S. National Academies of project proposals by Russian scientists to collaborate with American scientists on civilian-oriented research on biological pathogens.

  6. The academies will continue to encourage American and Russian specialists in fields such as mathematics, physics, chemistry, biology, geosciences, and engineering to apply for participation in the travel grants program administered by the National Research Council.

  7. The academies will explore opportunities for cooperation on the following topics of broad international interest: scientific and security concerns in Northeast Asia; strengthening of the economies of science cities; and innovative uses of the internet to improve international scientific cooperation.

Other programs of cooperation can be undertaken with the mutual consent of the two Academies.

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