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CIS IPA plans to take up more functions

Politics 22.01.2018 | 17:26
Sergei Antufyev
Sergei Antufyev

MINSK, 22 January (BelTA) – The Interparliamentary Assembly of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS IPA) plans to put in place new forms of work, Acting Secretary General of the CIS IPA Council Sergei Antufyev told the media following the meeting with Speaker of the Council of the Republic of Belarus' National Assembly Mikhail Myasnikovich on 22 January, BelTA informs.

“We have paid plenty of attention to the matters which were in the spotlight of the CIS Heads of State Council's meeting in Sochi in September 2017. This refers to the instruction to update the work of the CIS IPA and augment its forms of work. We have thoroughly discussed the suggestion of Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko to ensure interparliamentary control over the implementation of interstate programs approved by the Heads of State Council and the Heads of Government Council,” Sergei Antufyev remarked.

In his words, although reasonable documents are adopted regularly, the control over their execution is not sufficient for the time being. “The Belarus president suggested that the CIS IPA should take up the control function. This is about maintaining considerate control and inviting those responsible for the implementation of a certain program to report on the progress. If this control proves to be efficient, the CIS will look different, and there will be fewer reasons to question what the CIS gives to its member states,” Sergei Antufyev clarified.

According to him, during the meeting the sides discussed other tasks and measures scheduled for 2018. “This year is not a usual one. The CIS will see three large-scale political campaigns: the presidential elections in Russia and Azerbaijan, and the parliamentary elections in Moldova. This is why we also discussed the participation of Belarusian MPs in the international monitoring of these important political campaigns,” Sergei Antufyev pointed out.

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