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 CSTO delegation takes part in the Joint UN-OSCE Conference on Antiterrorism in Vienna
On February 11-12, 2020, Vienna hosted the Joint High-Level Regional Conference “Foreign Militant Terrorists (FMT): Responding to Modern Challenges”.
The event was held jointly by the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), the UN Counter-Terrorism Directorate and Switzerland in cooperation with the current Albanian Chairmanship of the OSCE. The conference was the next stage in a series of regional meetings in the development of decisions convened for the first time by the UN Secretary-General in June 2018 in New York at a high-level United Nations conference with the participation of heads of counter-terrorism agencies of Member States.
At the invitation of the organizers, a delegation of the CSTO Secretariat, led by the head of the Office for Countering Challenges and Threats, Murad Kunakbaev, took part in the Joint Conference in the Austrian capital. His speech at the forum was dedicated to the topic of preventing and preventing the movement of information security services in the context of the Statement made by the heads of the CSTO member states at the meeting of the Collective Security Treaty Organization in November 2018 on coordinated measures against international terrorist organizations against participants in armed conflicts.
A report by M. Kunakbaev, in which he referred, in particular, to the results of the first special operation under the collective security treaty organization format in 2019 under the code name “Mercenary” ("Naemnik"), the purpose of which was to block the channels of recruitment, entry of citizens of CSTO member states or their departure abroad to participate in armed conflicts on the side of international terrorist organizations, as well as the neutralization of their resource base, aroused the interest of the participants in the Vienna meeting.
Speaking at the close of the event, OSCE Secretary-General Thomas Greminger and UN Under-Secretary-General, head of KTU Vladimir Voronkov said that its results would be summarized by the co-chairs and presented to the Second High-level United Nations Conference with the participation of heads of counter-terrorism agencies of the member states, which will be held in New York July 1-2, 2020
The exchange of views of the professionals participating in the Joint Conference - representatives of national anti-terrorist structures and specialized anti-terrorism units of the UN and regional organizations, experts with practical experience was useful for solving the task of forming a broad anti-terrorism front with the central coordinating role of the United Nations.
The CSTO Press Secretary Vladimir Zaynetdinov