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11 April 2018, 19:18

Belarusian MPs to partake in CIS IPA, CSTO PA events in Saint Petersburg

MINSK, 11 April (BelTA) – A Belarusian parliament delegation led by Chairman of the House of Representatives of the National Assembly of Belarus Vladimir Andreichenko will take part in events of the Interparliamentary Assembly of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS IPA) and the Parliamentary Assembly of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO PA), which will take place in Saint Petersburg, Russia on 12-13 April, the press service of the lower chamber of the Belarusian parliament told BelTA.

The delegation will include representatives of the commissions on national security, on international affairs, on education, culture, and science, and on state development, local self-government, and regulations.

Sessions of the CSTO PA Council, the CIS IPA Council, and the CIS IPA joint commission on harmonizing legislation on security and counteracting new challenges and threats will take place on 12 April. Sessions of the CIS IPA commissions on economy and finance, on political affairs and international cooperation will take place as well as a session of the CIS Youth Interparliamentary Assembly.

Results of the Minsk session of the CSTO Collective Security Council will be summed up at a regular session of the CSTO PA Council. MPs will also discuss the situation in the organization's area of responsibility and measures to counteract challenges and threats to collective security at present. Amendments to the CSTO PA action program on the harmonizing and mutual adjustment of the national laws of the CSTO member states in 2016-2020 will be high on the agenda as well as priorities of Kazakhstan's presidency in the CSTO in 2018. Heads of the parliaments of Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, and Tajikistan, CSTO Secretary General Yuri Khachaturov, delegations of the parliaments from the CSTO PA observer countries and partner organizations will take part in the session.

The plenary session of the CIS Interparliamentary Assembly is scheduled for 13 April. It will focus on the state, prospects, and legal support for the intercultural dialogue of the CIS member states because the year 2018 has been declared the Year of Culture in the Commonwealth of Independent States. The delegations will discuss draft model regulations prepared by members of permanent commissions and experts.

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