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Belarus President wants to increase role of CIS Parliamentary Assembly

The principal position of the Belarusian side is to strengthen the parliamentary dimension in the CIS and other integration structures, said President Alexander Lukashenko at a meeting with the chairman of Milli Majlis of Azerbaijan.

Other areas of cooperation have also been indicated. The Belarusian head of state touched upon the issues that were discussed in Sochi at a meeting of the leaders of the CIS countries.

Alexander Lukashenko, President of Belarus:
Pleasant Azerbaijani days in Belarus. We've recently discussed this topic with the Minister of Defense of your country. Then we exchanged views in different forms in Sochi. We spent quite a long time discussing many issues of our relations. And today is a meeting with you.

The media interpret my statement on the CIS Interparliamentary Assembly differently. After reading it, one could think that Belarusians are for dispersing it, although we were the initiators of the strengthening of the CIS Interparliamentary Assembly's role.

And if it works as it is now, just discussing things... It's good that they meet and discuss, but there must be an effect from this. We suggested: we must strengthen the Parliamentary Assembly of the CIS, if we leave it. We know how to strengthen it. Because parliamentarism in the world is known for a long time. Forms and methods of work of parliaments are known for a long time. Choose any and adapt to the CIS Interparliamentary Assembly.

I think that the IPA CIS should have such a dimension as monitoring of the adopted decisions of the heads of state and government. We lack it. And in this regard, there is a need for closer contact with departments, in this case the CIS.

Alexander Lukashenko stressed that deputies should create laws on which society lives and solve other problems in accordance with the Constitution. The President expressed his confidence that the parliaments of Belarus and Azerbaijan will contribute to the implementation of the road map of cooperation between the countries.

Belarus President wants to strengthen CIS Parliamentary Assembly