A national organizing committee for the 26th annual session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe was set up in Belarus.
Belarus president Alyaksandr Lukashenka signed a corresponding executive order on Wednesday, state-run news agency BelTA reports.
Uladzimir Andreychanka, Chairman of the House of Representatives of the National Assembly of Belarus, has been put in charge of the organizing committee. It will include more than 30 people, including ministers, heads of various departments and agencies. The committee is expected to make up a plan to prepare and hold the OSCE PA 26th annual session, and do its best to ensure the highest organizational level.
The advance group of the OSCE PA International Secretariat headed by the Deputy Secretary General Gustavo Pallares paid a visit to Minsk in May of 2016, and after familiarizing itself with the conditions on the site ‘highly appraised the capabilities of the Republic of Belarus in hosting the session’. In July 2016, the OSCE approved the decision to hold the summer session of 2017 in Minsk.
“At the meeting of the Standing Committee the decision to hold the next, 26th, annual OSCE PA session in Minsk on July 5-9, 2017, has been adopted by a solid vote,” the statement said.
OSCE PA summer sessions are held annually in July in the capitals of OSCE member countries.