On July 3, Minsk hosted celebrations dedicated to the Independence Day of the Republic of Belarus, in which the CSTO Secretary General Stanislav Zas took part. On July 2, he attended a solemn meeting dedicated to this holiday with the participation of the President of the Republic of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko. On July 3 he laid flowers at the Victory Monument.
Also the celebrations were attended by the Chairman of the CIS Executive Committee Sergey Lebedev, the State Secretary of the Union State of the Republic of Belarus and Russia Grigory Rapota and the Chairman of the Board of the Eurasian Economic Commission Mikhail Myasnikovich..
The ceremonies were attended by the ambassadors of the CSTO member states.
Stanislav Zas also held talks with the heads of power structures of the Republic of Belarus on issues of interaction in the CSTO format.
The Independence Day of the Republic of Belarus (the Republic Day) is the main holiday of Belarusian statehood. It is celebrated annually on July 3 in honor of the liberation of the capital of the Republic of Belarus Minsk from Nazi invaders in 1944.
The decision to celebrate the Independence Day on July 3 was made during a republican referendum in 1996.
On the Independence Day, the Days of several Belarusian cities are also celebrated.
The 15th anniversary of the Coordination Council of the Heads of the Competent Authorities for Countering the Illicit Drug Trafficking (CCBCD) of the CSTO member states
Coordination Council of the Heads of the Competent Authorities for Countering the Illicit Drug Trafficking of the CSTO Member States (CCBCD), tasked with coordinating the interaction of the competent authorities of the CSTO member states in the anti-drug field, was created in accordance with the decision of the Collective Security Council of the Collective Security Treaty Organization on June 23, 2005. Over the past 15 years since the founding of the CCBCD, together with the CSTO Secretariat, a number of international events have been effectively implemented.
Within the context of progress review, 21 (twenty-one) meetings of the Coordination Council were held. Since 2003, comprehensive anti-drug operations have been carried out under the code name “Channel”, with the aim of organizing counteraction to the drug threat.
Every year, the competent authorities of the CSTO member states, as well as over 20 representatives of the anti-drug departments of the countries of Europe and Asia as observers, depending on the objectives of a particular stage of the operation, take part in the operation. Law enforcement agencies of Afghanistan, Iran and China, financial intelligence units of the member states of the Eurasian Group on Combating Money Laundering and the Financing of Terrorism and representatives of international organizations from the UN Office on Drugs and Crime, Interpol, the OSCE, the SCO, the CIS and the CARICC regularly participated in it.
In 2008, by the September decision of the Collective Security Council of the CSTO member states, the status of the Regional Anti-Drug Operation of permanent action was given to the complex operational and preventive operation “Channel”.
In total, from 2003 to 2020, 30 stages of the operation were carried out. As a result of joint work, only from 2017 to 2019 more than 67 tons 600 kg of narcotic drugs, psychotropic and potent substances were seized from illicit trafficking, including: 48 tons 988 kg of opium, 6 tons 665 kg of hashish, 3 tons 737 kg of marijuana, 790 kg of heroin, 691 kg of drugs of synthetic origin.
The achieved results of the operation were appreciated both in the CSTO member states and in the observer countries, as well as in the official materials of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime and the International Narcotics Control Board.
Special tactical trainings are conducted on an ongoing basis with special units of the anti-drug services and internal affairs bodies allocated to the CSTO CRRF under the code name “Thunder”.
The work of the special units of the composite groups allows us to work out practical interaction and elements of operational-combat coordination in mountainous areas, conducting search and ambush measures to block possible smuggling of consignments of drugs, weapons, ammunition and explosives, searching for possible smugglers' caches, setting up mixed posts at checkpoints vehicles, as well as the organization of communication and management of consolidated units in the course of a special operation.
The Working Group on the organization of anti-drug operations and other areas of activity is effectively functioning within the competence of the CCBCD of the CSTO member states, which has become the center for developing proposals for joint (coordinated) comprehensive events.
Interaction with drug treatment services of the CSTO member states has been brought to the whole new level.
A system of training and retraining of anti-drug personnel was organized in the basic educational institutions of the CSTO - the All-Russian Advanced Training Institute of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia and the Siberian Law Institute of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia.
An analysis of processes related to the spread of drugs taking place on the territory of the Member States of the Organization is being conducted on a scientific basis.
With the active participation of the CCBCD member states, the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia, together with the CSTO Secretariat, as margin notes of the 63rd session of the UN Commission on Narcotic Drugs (March 2-6, 2020, Vienna), held an exhibition on anti-drug activities carried out by law enforcement agencies of the CSTO member states. Presentation of photo-video materials and analytical reviews took place.
The CCBCD activities are carried out on the basis of the provisions of the Anti-Drug Strategy of the CSTO member states for 2015-2020 and the national plans developed in its implementation, as well as the CSTO Collective Security Strategy for the period up to 2025.
Currently, work is underway to create a new Anti-Drug Strategy for the period until 2025. This document will take into account all the special aspects of modern challenges and threats emerged by narco-trafficking activities..
The Chairman of the Coordination Council of the Heads of the Competent Authorities for Countering the Illicit Drug Trafficking (CCBCD) of the CSTO member states is the State Secretary, Deputy Minister of Internal Affairs of the Russian Federation, Igor N. Zubov.