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17 May 2022, 11:04

Minister: International law-enforcement cooperation should be outside politics

MINSK, 17 May (BelTA) – International law-enforcement cooperation and politics should not mix, Belarusian Internal Affairs Minister Ivan Kubrakov said at a meeting of the heads of the units of the internal affairs bodies and police of the CIS member states in Minsk on 17 May, BelTA has learned.

“Dear counterparts, I am glad to welcome you to the hospitable Belarusian land. This is the first event of the kind for our country,” said Ivan Kubrakov.

The foundation for close practical cooperation of law enforcers was laid at a similar meeting in Uzbekistan in 2019, which Ivan Kubrakov attended as the head of the Belarusian capital's police. “Subsequently, the regulations of the meeting were approved, which made it possible to determine the legal status and the format of this event,” the minister said.

The world situation has changed dramatically in recent years, he noted. “The number of internal and regional conflicts sowing discord in society has been growing rapidly. The social and political situation in a number of the CIS countries has aggravated. Terrorist and extremist groups, as well as individual radicals have intensified their activities. The scale of these activities poses a threat to security and stability in our countries,” said Ivan Kubrakov.

In his opinion, the issues of combating drug-related crime are relevant for all CIS countries. “The agenda related to the globalization of the economy and migration processes is pressing. Law enforcers have more topics for discussion. They cover such areas as the IT sector, combating mass violations of public order and color revolutions. As the Belarusian president said at the recent CSTO summit, without rapid consolidation of our countries, without strengthening political, economic and military ties, we may not exist tomorrow. In this regard, the activation of practical cooperation in the law enforcement sector is of paramount importance,” Ivan Kubrakov stressed.

The minister expressed confidence that international law enforcement cooperation should be outside politics and take into account national specific aspects. “Over the past years the Belarusian Internal Affairs Ministry has accumulated vast practical experience in countering color revolutions and information wars. In 2020, we had to confront mass violations of public order and extremist manifestations. Thanks to coordinated actions of law enforcement officers we prevented destabilization of the situation, protected the country and preserved its sovereignty,” the minister stressed.

Belarusian law enforcers are ready to share all their know-how. “Any strategy to counteract crime and other challenges and threats of our time will not help a single state to fully eradicate these phenomena. I am confident that today's forum will become an open platform for a constructive dialogue to exchange professional experience and its subsequent implementation in our daily activities. The taken decisions will help us provide safety of citizens and stable development of our states,” Ivan Kubrakov said and expressed his hope for the fruitful exchange of experience.

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