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 acting Secretary General of the CSTO Valery Semerikov will address the session of the UN Commission on Narcotic Drugs in Vienna
The acting Secretary General of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) Valery Semerikov will take part in the meeting of the Ministerial segment of the 62nd session of the UN Commission on Narcotic Drugs which will be held on March, 14-15th this year at the UN International Centre in Vienna.
During the session current trends of drug distribution will be analyzed, the discussion of global issues of countering the drug trafficking, the prevention of non-medical use of new psychoactive substances, the cure and rehabilitation of drug-dependent persons, as well as the expansion of international cooperation within anti-drug policies will take place.
In the statement at this session, Valery Semerikov will focus on the organization of activities within the framework of the CSTO’s work that aims to counter drug trafficking, including the results of the annual operation "Channel", which has received international recognition among specialists from various states and relevant structures of regional and international organizations. Another topic of the presentation will be the organization of interaction and strengthening of mechanisms of international cooperation in anti-drug activities.
“On the margins” of the session will be held working meetings of V.Semerikov with the leadership of UNODC, CARICC, the high representatives of the CSTO Member States law enforcement agencies which are a part of the Coordination Council of the Heads of Competent Authorities for Countering the Illicit Drug Trafficking.__________________________________________
CSTO spokesman Vladimir Zaynetdinov
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