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5 Jul 2017

OSCE PA Summer Session opens in Minsk

OSCE PA Summer Session opens in Minsk

MINSK, 5 July (BelTA) – The 26th Summer Annual Session the Parliamentary Assembly of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe starts its work in Minsk on 5 July, BelTA has learned.

This year the OSCE PA session is dedicated to enhancing mutual trust and cooperation in the name of peace and prosperity in the region. The agenda of the session comprises reports of three general committees: on political affairs and security; on economic affairs, science, technology, and environment; on democracy, human rights, and humanitarian affairs.

Resolutions to be adopted as a result of the discussions will become the foundation of the Minsk declaration, which will formulate recommendations for national governments, parliaments, and the international community on responding to pressing challenges and threats. The declaration will also include several additional resolutions, which are initiated by individual parliamentarians. The resolutions target quite a large number of matters, including counterterrorism, migration challenges, prevention of interfaith enmity, stronger energy security and many other things.

Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko is expected to attend the opening session.

26th OSCE PA Annual Session in Minsk: news, opinions, interviews

OSCE PA Summer Session opens in MinskThe OSCE Parliamentary Assembly was established in Madrid, Spain in April 1991. The members are 323 MPs representing 57 nations. The OSCE PA is focused on assisting with interparliamentary dialogue, support for democratic institutions in the OSCE member states, enhancement of cooperation and security in the region. The annual summer session is the key event in the OSCE PA's work. During such sessions top OSCE PA officials are elected and declarations and resolutions are passed.

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