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ST. PETERSBURG, April 17. /ITAR-TASS/. Parliamentarians of the member countries of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) and Collective Security Treaty Organisation (CSTO) over the next two days will hold a series of meetings in St. Petersburg.
Within the traditional spring session that is opening in the Taurida Palace on Thursday, meetings of the Council of the CSTO Parliamentary Assembly, the Council of the CIS Inter-parliamentary Assembly (IPA), as well as the jubilee 40th plenary meeting of the CIS IPA will be held.
The participants in the CSTO Parliamentary Assembly meeting will discuss the details of the forthcoming visit of the organisation’s delegation to Afghanistan and the military-political situation in the region. CSTO press secretary Vladimir Zainetdinov told ITAR-TASS that the meeting would be held under the chairmanship of speaker of the State Duma lower house of Russian parliament Sergei Naryshkin. “It will be attended by deputies of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Union State of Russia and Belarus, as well as observers in the CSTO Parliamentary Assembly - representatives of the Wolesi Jirga (lower house) of the National Assembly (parliament) of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and Narodna Skupshtina (National Assembly) of the Republic of Serbia,” he said.
Russian Foreign Ministry representatives are also planned to take the floor at the meeting to speak about the priorities of Russian chairmanship in the CSTO in 2014. CSTO Secretary General Nikolai Bordyuzha will continue this issue. He will speak about the organisation’s activity during the Russian chairmanship. The parliamentarians will consider a package of documents, regulating the activity of the CSTO Parliamentary Assembly and other matters, the CSTO PA press service reported.
A meeting of the Council of the CIS Inter-parliamentary Assembly will be held at the Reading Hall of the Taurida Palace on Thursday to consider a few tens of issues. The meeting participants will get familiarised with the draft documents that will be submitted for adoption at the CIS IPA plenary meeting on Friday. One of the main items on the agenda will be summarising the results of interstate programmes of co-operation in the spheres of security in the previous two years and prospects for implementing similar programmes in 2014 - 2018.
The plenary meeting will consider model laws on the general principles of the organisation and holding of municipal elections, local referendums and voting, as well as recommendations on the improvement of legislation on the election of the heads of state in the CIS countries.