CIS Interior Ministers Council Begins Session

BAKU (Noyan Tapan)–A regular session of the Council of CIS Interior Ministers started in Baku on Tuesday.

The session is being attended by representatives of interior ministers of all CIS countries–except Turkmen’stan. Armenia is represented at the session by the first Deputy Interior Minister–Major-General Hayk Haroutiunian.

The session agenda includes issues related to the state of cooperation between interior ministries in fighting crime and problems of realization of intergovernmental programs on joint measures in fighting organized crime and other kinds of dangerous crimes on the territory of CIS countries for the period until 2000–the matter of approving the statute on the Representative of the Council of CIS Interior Ministers at the CIS Executive Secretariat–on improving the activities of the Bureau on Co-ordination of Struggle Against Organized Crime (BISAOC)–on granting the status of the Interpol’s subregional bureau on CIS Countries to the bureau–as well as approving a provisional instruction on a single order of implementation of international search for criminals–ANS-press agency reported.

Besides–the agenda provides for consideration of the matter of issuing an information bulletin on problems of fighting crime in CIS countries–on a draft agreement on cooperation in the field of organization of implementation of criminal penalties–as well as the final issue of fixing the date for the next session of the Council of CIS Interior Ministers.

The former chairman of the session of the Council of CIS Interior Ministers–Head of the Law enforcement Department of Moldova Mikhail Plemedyari made a report on the Council’s half-year activities and passed on his powers to Azerbaijan’s Interior Minister Ramil Usubov.

Azerbaijan’s Prime Minister Artur Rasizade–who was representing the government at the session–pointed out in his turn that Azerbaijan’s leadership attached much importance to that event. Rasizade voiced confidence that the council of heads of CIS law enforcement departmen’s would make its contribution to the matter of stepping up struggle against terrorism and illegal drugs trafficking–which is of vital importance to the whole world community.

Azerbaijan’s Interior Minister Usubov–opining that the meeting will open new prospects of cooperation between CIS lawenforcement agencies–announced the session open.

During the very initial hours of the session those present reached an agreement to create a database to fight crime–made up the estimate of the bureau’s expenditures for coordination of struggle against crimes–as well as determined the status of representative of the Interior Minister of participating countries. Moreover–the participants planned a coordination council of all CIS law enforcement and power departmen’s to be held in Moscow on December 2-3–1997.

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