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03 June 2024, 13:23

Sergeyenko describes protection of electoral processes as most important task for CSTO 

MINSK, 3 June (BelTA) - Joint protection of electoral processes is the most important task of the CSTO countries, Chairman of the House of Representatives Igor Sergeyenko said during a meeting of the Council of the CSTO Parliamentary Assembly in Almaty, Kazakhstan, BelTA learned from the press service of the House of Representatives.

“Joint protection of electoral processes should be regarded as the most important task of the CSTO member states. In 2022, at the initiative of Belarus, the CSTO Parliamentary Assembly adopted the recommendations on improving legislation to ensure the protection of electoral processes and sovereignty in the member states of the Collective Security Treaty Organization. We are ready to continue consistent work in this direction,” Igor Sergeyenko said. 

In general, as part of the implementation of the organization's statutory objectives in the political and military dimension, attention should be paid to the following aspects, the speaker noted. “First, it is important to further improve the organization's crisis response system, taking into account the experience gained. We welcome the CSTO's active work to optimize the decision-making process, to enhance communication capabilities in emergency situations,” he stressed. “Secondly, we believe it necessary to continue to formulate a common agenda in information security. We support the adoption of the draft statement on artificial intelligence technologies by the CSTO PA Council. We believe that this issue should be under the permanent control of MPs, taking into account the serious threats to security posed by the use of artificial intelligence for destructive purposes. 

“Thirdly, efforts should be stepped up in developing the analytical component of the CSTO's activities. Over the past year, the quality of expert and analytical work to study collective security issues and support the decision-making process of the organization's governing bodies has noticeably improved. We need to move further in this direction,” Igor Sergeyenko added. “Fourthly, it is important to increase the role and significance of the CSTO in the system of international relations and to develop cooperation with international organizations and third countries. We see that this area of the organization's activities has been given priority during Kazakhstan's CSTO chairmanship in 2024. We welcome and fully support this approach”.
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