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3 May 2017

OSCE PA deputy secretary general to discuss 26th summer session in Minsk

MINSK, 3 May (BelTA) – A delegation of the International Secretariat of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly led by OSCE PA Deputy Secretary General Gustavo Pallares, who arrived in Belarus on 2 May, will discuss the preparations for the 26th PA summer session in Minsk, BelTA learned from the press service of the House of Representatives.

The visit will last until 5 May. The delegation is set to meet with Vice Speaker of the House of Representatives Boleslav Pirshtuk and to hold working meetings with representatives of government bodies to discuss the preparations for the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly annual session.

The OSCE PA International Secretariat delegation will visit the main venues of the session, including the administrative compound at 14 Pobeditelei Avenue and The President Hotel.

As BelTA earlier reported, Belarusian MPs keep close contact with the OSCE PA International Secretariat and are gradually solving practical issues related to the preparation for the session. This is the first time that Belarus will host such a large-scale event. This requires solving a number of fairly complex issues. Delegations of various countries are already booking accommodation. Work is underway on the preparation of the main venues of the session, fitting them with necessary equipment in line with the OSCE PA standards.

Among the key topics to be discussed in Minsk are terrorism, cybersecurity, protracted conflicts, climate change, migration and strengthening of the OSCE mechanisms to ensure respect for human rights. The event will focus on the ways of strengthening mutual trust and cooperation for peace and prosperity in the OSCE region.

The 26th OSCE PA summer session will take place in Minsk on 5-9 July.

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