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What are the top topics at 26th session of OSCE PA in Minsk?

Minsk is currently hosting the summer session of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly. More than 600 guests have already arrived to participate in it in the Belarusian capital.

Belarus is hosting such an event for the first time. The President will also participate in the opening of the session: Alexander Lukashenko will meet with the OSCE leadership.

The agenda of the session is determined by the current world situation. The participants will discuss the most pressing issues: terrorism, cybersecurity, protracted conflicts, climate change, as well as migration and strengthening of OSCE mechanisms for ensuring human rights. The CTV will cover the event during news releases live.

Our TV crew is already working near the Palace of Independence.

Olga Petrashevskaya, Stolichnoe Televidenie:
We are beginning work on the air from the Palace of Independence and throughout the day we will talk about the most important political event in Belarus in recent months. Media from tens of countries are covering the OSCE Summer Session in Minsk.

The summer session of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly will open in a few hours. Speaking in unofficial language, the discussion at the forum will help, and to some extent, tell the governments of countries' politicians how to respond to the challenges and threats that are becoming ever more evident in the world community.

About 700 politicians from 57 countries will take part in the global discussion.

I would like to note that the most numerous delegations are from the USA, Germany and Italy. OSCE Parliamentary Assembly president Christine Muttonen, arrived in Minsk on July 4. She noted that today Belarus is not just a bridge between East and West, but also an important international platform.

Mrs Muttonen has already met with Belarusian parliamentarians.

Christine Muttonen, OSCE Parliamentary Assembly president:
There is a lot of work to be done; we will communicate a lot with our Belarusian parliamentary colleagues. We do not need to build trust, because it already exists. We have passed this process. We will be happy to exchange ideas with our colleagues; we are happy to work together.

Minsk long ago became a platform where peace-building processes are discussed.

Olga Petrashevskaya:
The agenda for the current summer session can be divided into three blocks. These are politics and security, science and economy as well as human rights. In each of these areas, parliamentarians will develop a strategy of behavior. The final Minsk declaration will be a kind of summary. This document will outline recommendations for national governments and parliaments. But the declaration will also include several additional resolutions.

In particular, Belarus has prepared a proposal for the control of psychoactive substances.

Belarusian experts have serious experience in countering drug trafficking. In addition, our parliamentarians co-sponsored other resolutions, developed with colleagues from the USA, Russia and Azerbaijan. All these documents will in fact become a kind of mirror reflecting the reaction of the international community to the most urgent and serious problems such as fight against terrorism or discrimination on religious grounds.

The fact that such a significant forum is being held in Minsk confirms the reputation of Belarus as a reliable international dialogue platform.

Here are opinions of the session participants:

Filippo Lombardi, deputy chairman of the Political Affairs Committee of the Swiss Parliament:
It is very important that Minsk became a platform for such a forum. I appreciate this role that Belarus plays in establishing peace in Europe, as it often acts as an intermediary in resolving important issues and conflicts. I hope that this role will grow. Switzerland will continue to support Belarus in all its endeavors. We hope that our cooperation will only enhance.

Andrei Rybak, member of the delegation of the Republic of Belarus at the 26th session of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly:
The session's agenda includes various issues, from political to economic ones. This is an analysis of the situation in various regions of the OSCE countries, and the development of "green economy", and many other issues that really greatly affect the security of the OSCE countries.

Olga Petrashevskaya:
I would add that even before the forum began, the head of the Parliamentary Assembly of the OSCE, Christine Muttonen, proposed to create a special committee on combating terrorism at the current session. These are also changes determined by time and current trends, unfortunately...

We increasingly often hear about terrorist attacks in those countries in which one could not expect them a couple of years ago.

In fact, the world order is changing before our eyes, and big politics is adapting to this situation. So peace at the world level will be discussed in Minsk.

The day promises to be full of events. More on the OSCE PA session in our next new releases.

What are the top topics at 26th session of OSCE PA in Minsk?