ArmInfo.A working meeting of the CSTO Permanent Council members with plenipotentiary representatives of the parliaments of the Organization's member states at the CSTO Parliamentary Assembly took place in St. Petersburg. According to the CSTO press service, General Secretary of the body Stanislav Zas and Deputy Secretary General of the Organization, Samat Ordabaev also took part in the event.
During the meeting, issues of improving the interaction of the CSTO Parliamentary Assembly with other bodies of the Organization were discussed. The CSTO Secretary General noted that the Organization attaches great importance to the participation of the Secretariat in events held by the CSTO PA, and the leadership of the Secretariat regularly participates in meetings of its Council.
Stanislav Zas said: "The parliamentary dimension is one of the foundations 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 increase the effectiveness of the Organization's activities. Our meeting today is all the more timely, since the development of the parliamentary dimension is one of the priorities of the Chairmanship of the Republic of Armenia in the Collective Security Treaty Organization in 2021-2022. "
In turn, Chairman of the CSTO Permanent Council, the RA Plenipotentiary to the Organization Viktor Biyagov stated that the CSTO PA plays an important role in the adoption of model legislative acts and recommendations that contribute to the convergence of the legislations of the member states of the military alliance and bring it into line with the provisions of international treaties concluded within the CSTO.
"In the context of the parliamentary dimension, it is important to converge and harmonize the national legislation of the CSTO member states in the field of ensuring national security, taking into account new challenges and threats. We also consider the development of parliamentary diplomacy of the CSTO to be relevant for building a dialogue on the platforms of international parliamentary organizations and forums, " said the Chairman of the CSTO Permanent Council. During the meeting, the need to develop and effectively use the tool of public diplomacy to build a positive image of the Organization was highlighted.
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 the preparation of the jubilee session of the Parliamentary Assembly.