The meeting of the Permanent Representatives of CSTO member States and representatives of Parliaments to the CSTO Parliamentary Assembly was held in St. Petersburg
On October 26, this year, in St. Petersburg, a working meeting was held between members of the CSTO Permanent Council and authorized representatives of the Parliaments of the CSTO member States at the CSTO Parliamentary Assembly with the participation of the CSTO Secretary General Stanislav Zas. The CSTO Deputy Secretary General Samat Ordabaev also participated in the meeting.
In the course of the meeting they discussed the improvement of interaction between the CSTO Parliamentary Assembly and other bodies of the Organization. The CSTO Secretary General noted that the Organization attached great importance to the participation of the Secretariat in events organized by the CSTO PA, and the leadership of the CSTO Secretariat regularly participated in the meetings of its Council.
Stanislav Zas said: "The parliamentary dimension is one of the bases on which the foundation of our Organization rests, and therefore the CSTO Secretariat attaches great importance to interaction with the CSTO Parliamentary Assembly as one of the tools to strengthen and enhance the effectiveness of the Organization. Our meeting today is all the more timely, as the development of the parliamentary dimension is one of the priorities of the Republic of Armenia's Chairmanship of the Collective Security Treaty Organization in 2021-2022”.
In his turn, the Chairman of the CSTO Permanent Council, the Permanent and Plenipotentiary Representative of the Republic of Armenia to the CSTO Victor Biyagov, stated that the CSTO PA played an important role in the adoption of model legislative acts and recommendations, which facilitated the convergence of laws of the CSTO member States and brought them in line with the provisions of international treaties, concluded within the CSTO framework.
"In the context of the parliamentary dimension, it is important to bring together and harmonize national legislation of the CSTO member States in the field of national security in the light of new challenges and threats. We also consider it important to develop CSTO parliamentary diplomacy to build a dialogue on the platforms of international parliamentary organizations and forums," the Chairman of the CSTO Permanent Council said.
In the course of the meeting the need to develop and effectively use the tool of public diplomacy to form a positive image of the Organization was expressed.
They also discussed the implementation of the Action Plan dedicated to the 30th anniversary of the signing of the Collective Security Treaty and the 20th anniversary of the Collective Security Treaty Organization and preparations for the jubilee session of the Parliamentary Assembly.
The CSTO Press Secretary Vlsdimir Zaynetdinov