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 International Youth School will be held in Bishkek
From September 11 to 14 , 2019, in Bishkek (the Kyrgyz Republic), the CSTO International Youth School will be organized by the CSTO Secretariat and the Academy of Public Administration under the President of the Kyrgyz Republic, with the support of the Office of the President of the Kyrgyz Republic and the State Agency for Youth , Physical Culture and Sports under The Government of the Kyrgyz Republic.
The event is expected to be attended by the leadership of the CSTO Secretariat, officials of public authorities of the Kyrgyz Republic, representatives of the diplomatic corps of the CSTO member states accredited in the Kyrgyz Republic.
More than 100 students, magistrands and teachers of 10 higher educational institutions of the CSTO member states and the Republic of Serbia intend to take part in the work of the CSTO International Youth School.
The program of the CSTO International Youth School includes holding a Plenary meeting to be held in the "Ene-Sai" Reception House of the Ala-Archa State Residence, as well as several sections on regional and information security, combating terrorism and extremism, and improving education.
Within the framework of the CSTO International Youth School, it is also planned to lay flowers at the monument to the heroes of the Great Patriotic War, visit the Chingiz Aitmatov House-Museum and hold cultural events (city tour, etc.).
In 2015-2016 the four CSTO Youth Schools were held, and then the two CSTO International Youth Schools were held (in October 2017 in Belgrade, and in September 2018 in St. Petersburg).
The CSTO Press Secretary Zaynetdinov Vladimir
It is deeply symbolic that this year the CSTO International Youth School will be held in Bishkek, the capital of the Kyrgyz Republic, chairing the Collective Security Treaty Organization.