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13 Feb 2014

Senko: Belarus committed to mutually respectful interaction with OSCE

Senko: Belarus committed to mutually respectful interaction with OSCE

MINSK, 13 February (BelTA) – Belarus is invariably committed to the advancement of productive interaction with the OSCE and its institutions on the basis of equal rights and mutual respect. The statement was made by Vladimir Senko, Chairman of the International Affairs and National Security Commission, deputy head of the Belarus parliament delegation in the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly, during special debates on 13 February. The debates were held as part of the joint session of the three general committees of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly, the press service of the Council of the Republic of the National Assembly of Belarus told BelTA.

The Belarusian delegation led by Vladimir Senko is scheduled to take part in the 13th winter session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe in Vienna on 13-14 February.

The event gathered about 260 parliamentarians from 54 OSCE member states. The Belarusian delegation also includes Valentina Leonenko, a member of the International Affairs Commission of the House of Representatives of the National Assembly of Belarus, a member of the Belarus parliament delegation in the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly.

On 13 February the Belarusian MPs took part in the joint session of the three general committees of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly — the General Committee on Political Affairs and Security; the General Committee on Economic Affairs, Science, Technology and Environment; and the General Committee on Democracy, Human Rights and Humanitarian Questions — as well as in sessions of each committee. Parliamentary control over armed forces and security forces, cooperation in managing water resources in the OSCE region were high on the agenda of the general committees.

During the special debates on the supremacy of law in the OSCE region within the framework of the session of the third general committee Valentin Leonenko noted Belarus’ invariable adherence to the advancement of productive interaction with the OSCE and its institutions on the basis of equal rights and mutual respect. The Belarusian MP drew attention to the importance of progressive, evolutionary development of democracy in the OSCE states and the counterproductive nature of the efforts to artificially accelerate democracy evolution processes. He was critical about the political preconception practiced by the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly’s General Committee on Democracy, Human Rights and Humanitarian Questions and the Committee’s bias with regard to developments in Belarus.

Members of the Belarusian delegation met with OSCE Parliamentary Assembly President, Montenegro Parliament President Ranko Krivokapic. The sides discussed the participation of parliamentarians in the Helsinki+40 process, activities of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly, Belarus-Montenegro cooperation, Belarus’ relations with the European Union, and preparations for the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly session that will take place in Baku, Azerbaijan. Ranko Krivokapic mentioned the vigorous work of the Belarusian delegation at OSCE PA sessions. Ambassador of Belarus to Austria Valery Voronetsky also took part in the meeting.

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