MINSK, 3 March (BelTA) - The member states of the Commonwealth of Independent States are interested in establishing the institutions of an observer and a partner at the CIS in order to develop international cooperation. This group of experts considered the relevant draft regulations and model protocols in a meeting at the CUS headquarters in Minsk on 2 March, BelTA by the press service of the CIS Executive Committee.
The meeting was attended by representatives of Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and the CIS Executive Committee. Turkmenistan sent a written position on the matter.
The participants of the meeting exchanged views on rights and obligations of the observer and partner determining the degree of their involvement in cooperation with the CIS and its bodies.
The group of exports will gather for another meeting to consider the draft documents on 31 March.
The press service recalled that the initiative to establish partner and observer institutions at the CIS was made by Kazakhstan President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev. The CIS may award the status of partners and observers, according to Kazakhstan, to countries and international organizations in cooperation with which the member states are interested. Most likely candidates are international organizations with which the CIS is already cooperating and with which it has signed practical documents on cooperation.
The CIS Executive Committee interacts with the working bodies of more than 20 international organizations. It has signed memorandums and protocols with 15 of them, and exchanged the letters of cooperation. Among them are the OSCE, MOM, WTO, UNECE, Council of Europe, CSTO, and the Eurasian Economic Commission (EEC).
The CIS Executive Committee participates in events held jointly or under the auspices of these international structures discussing the matters of mutual interest.
In this context, it seems logical for the CIS to create legal conditions for systemic rapprochement with other international organizations and countries through the formation of observer and partner institutions.