CIS experts to discuss cooperation in emergency response

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MINSK. April 16. KAZINFORM CIS experts are set to meet in Minsk on 16-17 April to discuss a draft agreement on cooperation in prevention and response to emergencies, BelTA learnt from the press service of the CIS Executive Committee.

The document provides for main forms of cooperation, organization, holding and completion of the events of the kind, the legal status of their participants. A special focus will be on the efforts to simplify the customs and border control for emergency response teams and their equipment.

The first debates on the draft agreement were held in the Belarusian capital in February 2012. Partaking in them were representatives of Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, and Ukraine, BelTA reports.

After its final agreement the document will be submitted to the Council of the CIS Heads of State.

The CIS cooperation in this sector is regulated by the agreement on cooperation in prevention and mitigation of natural and man-made emergency situations of 22 January 1993. However, the situation with wildfires in Russia in summer 2010 proved the legal framework for cooperation in such situations to be imperfect. A new agreement has been drafted to fix its weaknesses.

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