Sergei Rachkov. A stock photo
MINSK, May 20 (BelTA) – Chairman of the Standing Committee on International Affairs and National Security of the Council of the Republic of the National Assembly of Belarus, member of the Standing Committee on Political Issues and International Cooperation of Belarus Interparliamentary Assembly of the CIS (IPA CIS) Sergei Rachkov took part in the meeting of the Standing Committee on Political Issues and International Cooperation in St. Petersburg, BelTA learned from the press service of the Council of the Republic.
There were 13 items on the agenda, with a focus on the cooperation of the CIS Interparliamentary Assembly with international partner organizations.
Together with members of the IPA CIS Standing Committee on Social Policy and Human Rights, the parliamentarians discussed the interaction between the CIS Interparliamentary Assembly and the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for refugees in the Russian Federation and the regional office of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies in Russia and Belarus. The members of the standing committees supported the initiative to draw up a draft Global Pact on pandemics.
They also reviewed the progress made in the implementation of the IEC AIP recommendations on the implementation of the 1972 Convention on the prohibition of the development, production and stockpiling of biological weapons. (biological) or toxins and on their destruction, as well as the memorandum of understanding between the United Nations Office of Counter-Terrorism and the API CIS. During the meeting, Kazakhstan presented the concept of its CIS Presidency in 2022.
Sergei Rachkov informed the members of the commission about the foreign policy documents adopted by the Council of the Republic. The senator noted that the Council of the Republic is actively responding to the information war unleashed by the EU and the United States against Belarus, to attempts to isolate the country and to increase the pressure of sanctions. In 2021, seven documents were adopted, three of which received the status of official UN documents. Four documents adopted in 2022 have been sent to parliaments of foreign countries and international organizations.
The senator called on the members of the IPA IEC Standing Committee to unite their efforts to counter the illegal attempts of the West to interfere in internal affairs and to pursue the implementation of the provisions of the Charter of Nations United. The parliamentarians took stock of the results of the sessions of international parliamentary organizations (PACE, IPU, PA OSCE, Parliamentary Assembly of the Mediterranean) and analyzed the coordination of the actions of the parliamentary delegations of the member states of the CIS in these organisations.
Sergei Rachkov also reviewed the proceedings of the 144th Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union which was held in Nusa Dua, Indonesia, from March 20-24. The senator noted that the delegations of the CIS states do not make full use of the coordination mechanism to respond to attacks and hostile initiatives, to promote constructive proposals on the platforms of interparliamentary organizations. In this regard, he called for the creation of a clear mechanism to coordinate the work of CIS delegations, maintain contacts between their leaders, organize working meetings and make more active use of the Eurasia Group of the IPU.
The participants of the meeting took stock of the results of the work of the IEC IPA Standing Committee on Political Affairs and International Cooperation in 2021, the election of the President and Vice-Presidents, the agenda provisional and the date of the next meeting.
On the sidelines of the meeting, Sergei Rashkov met with Deputy Chairman of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation, Konstantin Kosachev, to discuss bilateral cooperation, including interparliamentary contacts, coordination of positions on international parliamentary platforms.