The 26th Summer Annual Session the Parliamentary Assembly of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe starts its work in Minsk on 5 July.
OSCE PA session will last till 9 July. About 700 delegates from 57 countries are expected to visit Minsk.
Belarus is hosting the event for the first time in its independent history.
Agenda and the intrigues
The main topics on OSCE PA session agenda are the fight against terrorism, climate change, migration and the strengthening of OSCE human rights mechanisms.
Debates are on the situation in Ukraine, disarmament, conflicts in the South Caucasus, cybersecurity, the death penalty and the fight against corruption will also take place.
— OSCE PA (@oscepa) July 5, 2017
At the same time, one of the intrigues of Minsk session is the possibility of the adoption of a resolution on the situation in Belarus.
The draft, that had been prepared by a Lithuanian MP Laurynas Kasčiūnas, contains demands urging Minsk to rehabilitate political prisoners, abolish the death penalty, reform the electoral system, respect citizens’ rights to freedom of opinion and assembly, ensure transparency of the construction of the Belarusian NPP, etc.
Lukashenko and Muttonen among speakers
Another surprise of the session is the arrival of Miklós Haraszti, a UN Special Rapporteur on Belarus, upon OSCE invitation.
The Belarusian Foreign Ministry does not recognize Haraszti’s mandate, while the official himself described his visit to Minsk as “progress”.
— Sebastian Kurz (@sebastiankurz) July 5, 2017
Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko will greet the delegates on 5 July at 15.30.
Besides, the list of speakers on the first day includes OSCE PA President Christine Muttonen, the Head of the House of Representatives Vladimir Andreichenko and OSCE Chairman-in-Office, Austrian Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurtz.