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25 Jan 2017

Belarus seeks observer status in Baltic Sea Parliamentary Conference

MINSK, 25 January (BelTA) – The Parliament of Belarus is interested in getting observer status in the Baltic Sea Parliamentary Conference (BSPC), Valery Voronetsky, Chairman of the Permanent Commission for International Affairs of the House of Representatives, said at a meeting of the BSPC Standing Committee in Brussels, BelTA learned from the press service of the Belarusian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

“The representative of Belarus briefed the participants on the situation in our country and the new parliament elected on 11 September 2016. Valery Voronetsky noted that the National Assembly of Belarus is set to expand its cooperation with foreign colleagues and pointed out that the Belarusian parliament is interested in getting observer status in the Baltic Sea Parliamentary Conference,” the press service said.

During the meeting, Bogdan Zdrojewski, the head of the European Parliament Delegation for Relations with Belarus, spoke about the status of the cooperation between the European Union and Belarus, including about EU’s expectations regarding abolition of the death penalty and amendment of the electoral law.

Valery Voronetsky held bilateral meetings with BSPC Vice Chairman Janis Vucans, Director General of the Permanent International Secretariat of the Council of the Baltic Sea States Maira Mora, and First Deputy Chairman of the European Parliament Delegation for Relations with Belarus Andrei Mamykin on the sidelines of the meeting in Brussels. “The parties discussed ways to strengthen the interparliamentary dialogue in the context of the general improvement of the relations between Belarus and the European Union,” the press service added.

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