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16 June 2022, 17:55

MPs ratify CIS treaty to combat financing of terrorism

MINSK, 16 June (BelTA) – MPs passed the bill "On ratification of the CIS treaty to combat money laundering, terrorist financing and the financing of proliferation of weapons of mass destruction” at a meeting of the eighth session of the lower house of the Belarusian Parliament of the seventh convocation, BelTA has learned.

The bill has been submitted to the House of Representatives by the Council of Ministers. The CIS treaty to combat money laundering, terrorist financing and the financing of proliferation of weapons of mass destruction was signed on 15 October 2021. It comprehensively determines the main areas and forms of cooperation of the authorized state bodies of the parties to the treaty.

Previously, relations in the CIS in combating money laundering, terrorist financing and the financing of proliferation of weapons of mass destruction were regulated by the agreement of 5 October 2007. The terminology has changed significantly and the obligations of the parties have expanded. The scope regulated by the treaty has been expanded in terms of relations related to countering the financing of proliferation of weapons of mass destruction.

The provisions of the 2021 agreement define the main areas and forms of cooperation: harmonization of legislation; provision of legal assistance, including service of documents, search, arrest, freezing, confiscation and return of confiscated property; exchange of information; operational-search and investigative activities; consultations; exchange of representatives; recognition of lists of individuals, groups and entities with respect to which there is information about their participation in terrorist activities and the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction.

The treaty will contribute to the efforts to combat money laundering, terrorist financing and the financing of proliferation of weapons of mass destruction.

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