WASHINGTON, August 11. /TASS/. The Russia-US Joint Commission on POWs/MIAs will meet in session in Washington at the end of this year, the chief of the Russian Defense Ministry’s Central Archive, Igor Permyakov, told TASS on Friday about the results of the just-ended working visit to the United States.
He took part in the latest round of technical negotiations under the commission’s auspices in Washington on August 8-10. The talks were conducted by one of the four working groups - for the war on the Korean Peninsula.
"The commission’s full-scale session in Moscow at the end of the year will be the next phase. All four working groups will meet to discuss what they have done already and make planes for further work," Permyakov said. The commission’s working groups are in charge of World War II, the Korean War, the Cold War and Afghanistan and the Vietnam war.
"The just-ended meeting was constructive. There were no signs to suspect the commission’s further efforts will not proceed normally," Permyakov said.
The joint commission was created in 1992 as a means of bilateral cooperation in clearing up the fate of military servicemen who were killed in action or went missing during military conflicts. Russia’s Colonel-General Valery Vostrotin, and US General Robert Foglesong (both retired) are the commission’s co-chairs.