MINSK, 11 July (BelTA) – CIS states intend to improve their work on fighting corruption, BelTA learned from Prosecutor General of Russia Yuri Chaika at a session of the Interstate Council for Counteracting Corruption in the CIS Executive Committee in Minsk on 11 July.
Russia's prosecutor general said: “I believe work in such a broad format will allow improving fight against corruption in a way to produce even more results. We hope for constructive interaction.”
Belarus' Prosecutor General Aleksandr Konyuk said during the session: “We see the council as a promising platform for international interaction. Belarus has been a persistent advocate of the expansion of international cooperation, improvement of its effectiveness, and consolidation of efforts to fight all manifestations of crime.”
Aleksandr Konyuk went on saying: “The first session of the interstate council took place in this very hall of the CIS Executive Committee in 2015. Representatives of only three countries – Belarus, Kazakhstan, and Russia – took part in it. Armenia and Kyrgyzstan joined the interstate council after acknowledging the need for such a format within the framework of the Commonwealth of Independent States. We are open and are interested in working together to achieve concrete results. Uzbekistan demonstrates a strong interest in joining the council after talking to prosecutors general of a number of CIS states. Certainly, we will be only glad about this circumstance.”
Aleksandr Konyuk stressed that tight cooperation of the CIS states in the fight against corruption will allow minimizing its consequences. “Every country decides independently on the way to reach this goal, however, the experience of neighbors and partners always represents special value. An opportunity is available to reconcile approaches, simplify interaction of the participating states. I believe that today's decisions would contribute to the advancement of our cooperation in the development of uniform approaches in the sphere of fight against corruption,” he added.
Chairman of the State Security Committee of Belarus Valery Vakulchik added: “Such meetings allow us to not only compare notes on topical matters, but also to organize a brainstorm, come up with a consensus on ways to resolve existing problems. Belarusian law enforcement officers can always rely on colleagues from the CIS states, who in turn can count on our assistance and support. Thanks to the constant dialogue we don't stay idle, we perfect and embrace new forms of work.”
Chairman of the Investigative Committee of Belarus Ivan Noskevich said he was confident that the session would facilitate the sharing of the best practices, further systemic and coordinated advancement of cooperation of the CIS states with a view to enabling coordinated actions in counteracting corruption, in deepening and expanding international cooperation of the CIS states.
During today's session of the Interstate Council for Counteracting Corruption participants of the meeting are expected to discuss ten topics. The number includes the practice of fighting corruption in the CIS states, the improvement of international cooperation in asset recovery, the representation of interests of the interstate council at the eighth session of the Conference of the States Parties to the United Nations Convention Against Corruption in Abu Dhabi in December. Apart from that, members of the council will sum up results of fulfillment of decisions made by the previous session. They will evaluate the implementation of the interstate program of joint action to crime control and the CIS concept of cooperation in counteracting corruption. Participants of the session will also discuss the international youth contest of social advertising “Together against corruption!” and a number of other matters.
Taking part in the session are heads of anticorruption agencies of Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, and Tajikistan as well as representatives of the CIS Executive Committee.
The Interstate Council for Counteracting Corruption was established in 2013. Heads of the government agencies in charge of counteracting corruption in the relevant CIS states are members of the council.