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15 Jun 2020

Belarus concerned over lack of dialogue between leading countries, growing militarization

Belarus concerned over lack of dialogue between leading countries, growing militarization
Vladimir Andreichenko. Archive photo

MINSK, 15 June (BelTA) -  We are concerned over the lack of dialogue between the leading countries and the militarization that is spiraling out of control, Chairman of the House of Representatives Vladimir Andreichenko said at a videoconference meeting of the Council of the CSTO Parliamentary Assembly, BelTA learned from the press service of the House of Representatives.

The Speaker stressed that threats to the security of the CSTO countries are growing in all areas and in all dimensions, the press service informed. Of particular concern, he said, is the lack of systemic dialogue between the leading countries and the process of militarization that is spiraling out of control.

Vladimir Andreichenko also drew attention to Belarus’ legislative initiatives, namely about the development of model laws on intelligence, counterintelligence, crime detection and investigative activities, and the draft CSTO Migration Security Concept. “We would like the new laws to address the current issues, as the Belarusian president stressed, have a clear practical orientation and give a new impetus to our comprehensive mutually beneficial cooperation,” Vladamir Andreichenko said.

The Speaker thanked the participants of the meeting for their fruitful work in the new format and noted that the CSTO PA did not stop its activities amid the objectively difficult circumstances of the coronavirus pandemic.

Vyacheslav Volodin, Chairman of the CSTO PA and Speaker of the State Duma, spoke about Russia's priorities during its CSTO presidency in 2020. He noted that the pandemic affected people and economies of all countries and became a serious test of effectiveness of international institutions and organizations. Vyacheslav Volodin suggested that the CSTO should develop its ability to respond to such challenges to ensure its citizens’ wellbeing.

The videoconference also featured CSTO Secretary General Stanislav Zas. He informed the participants about the outcomes of the session of the CSTO Collective Security Council that took place in November 2019.

The participants of the meeting also took stock of the results of the implementation of the CSTO PA program on approximation and harmonization of legislations for 2016-2020. Chairman of the CSTO PA Standing Commission on Social, Economic, and Legal Matters, Deputy Chairman of the Standing Commission on National Security of the House of Representatives Igor Lavrinenko said that during the implementation of the program, the commission prepared eight CSTO model laws, recommendations and other regulations. Plans are in place to draft four more by the end of 2020. He also noted that the commission plans to draw up another 26 model laws and organize 14 events in the five-year period.

The CSTO PA Council discussed the draft program on harmonization of national legislations for 2021-2025, financing of activities of the assembly, and some organizational matters.

The meeting featured representatives of parliaments of the CSTO member states and also Speaker of the lower house of the Afghan Parliament Mir Rahman Rahmani and Vice Speaker of the Serbian National Assembly Veroljub Arsic.

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