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9 Oct 2014

CIS Foreign Ministers Council to sit in Minsk 9 October

MINSK, 9 October (BelTA) – The CIS Foreign Ministers Council will meet in the Belarusian capital Minsk on 9 October, BelTA has learned.

According to the press service of the Belarusian Foreign Ministry, the agenda of the meeting will include 24 items.

Chairman of the CIS Foreign Ministers Council Belarusian Foreign Minister Vladimir Makei will preside over the meeting.

It is expected that the meeting participants will discuss the draft address of the CIS heads of state to the peoples of the CIS countries and international community in connection with the 70th anniversary of the Victory of the Soviet people in the Great Patriotic War and review the progress made in the execution of the action plan to implement the CIS development concept.

A large block of issues will be dedicated to humanitarian cooperation. The CIS Foreign Ministers will discuss the action plans to develop humanitarian cooperation in 2015-2016, the cooperation development strategy in tourism, the implementation of the interstate program “CIS Capitals of Culture” in 2015 and also the issues of awarding the status of the CIS base institutions to five higher educational institutions and R&D establishments.

Close attention will be paid to security issues in the CIS. The agenda includes the draft program of cooperation in countering illegal migration and the concept of cooperation in the fight against trafficking in human beings. Cooperation in the area of border security at the external borders of the CIS and between financial intelligence units will be also on the agenda.

The meeting participants are also expected to discuss a number of documents as part of the work to take stock of the CIS legal framework.

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