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Kazakhstan gearing up for CIS, EEU summits

On October 16, Kazakhstan will become the center of political life of the countries of the CIS. It will host two large summits - the Council of CIS Heads of State and Supreme Eurasian Economic Council.

The leaders really have something to discuss. This includes the fight against crime and international terrorism. Foreign ministers began to prepare the ground for tomorrow's high-level talks today.

Vladimir Makei, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Belarus: 
Today we have agreements that are operating really effectively, aimed at strengthening of our mutual cooperation on the basis of mutual benefit and economic feasibility. The CIS at the time played a unifying role. And today, the desirability of maintaining the organization is recognized by all, without exception, the leaders of post-Soviet states.

The agenda includes 40 questions. Among the most important are two of them - the 70th anniversary of the UN and the 30th anniversary of the Chernobyl accident. These topics on the eve of summits were studied in detail by Belarusian experts. It is expected that as a result of the talks the heads of state to develop a common approach to these issues and will make a joint statement.

Dmitry Mironchik, Belarus Foreign Ministry spokesman:
The coming year, the year of the 30th anniversary of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster will be marked by a series of events that initiated the Republic of Belarus. 

Another important date for the world community - the 70th anniversary of the United Nations - exacerbates global problems. The President of Belarus spoke about the crisis of international structures at the UN summit in New York.

Alexander Lukashenko, Belarus President:
While in the United Nations, I cannot ignore the crisis of the international structures. In general there is a feeling that their role in recent years has been the following: they have become a place of disputes between states, and often a means of pressure on individual countries that did not please the world's major powers. I am deeply convinced that the United Nations should not be used to demonstrate someone's power. This weakens the Organization, destroys its credibility and is contrary to its very nature and purpose. It is no wonder that the traditional international organizations play an insufficient role in prevention and conflict resolution.

Sergei Kizima, Doctor of Political Sciences:
It is necessary to strengthen the UN's role in the international security system, giving it the value of the Organization which will be capable of avoiding a new war. Give a mechanism, give tools that could actually regulate these things. Make it so that the United Nations does not protect individual states but the entire world community.

Kazakhstan gearing up for CIS, EEU summits