MAZHILIS APPROVED SEVERAL RATIFICATION BILLS
The plenary meeting of the Mazhilis, chaired by the Speaker Nurlan Nigmatulin, a package of new ratification bills has been approved, Strategy2050.kz reports referring to the Chamber’s press service.
The ratification bills approved include the amendments to the Collective Security Treaty, to the CSTO Charter, as well as to the CSTO Legal Status Treaty.
In accordance with the amendments, the Collective Security Council should consist of Heads of State or Heads of Government of the participating States if, in accordance with the legislation of their State, they are empowered to make decisions on issues within the competence of the Council.
Also, the decision on the use of the forces and means of the collective security system will be made by Heads of State or Heads of Government of the participating States, if, in accordance with the legislation of their state, they are endowed with the appropriate powers.
The Chairman of the Collective Security Council is a member of the Council representing the State in whose territory the next session of the Council takes place, unless the Council decides otherwise.
Amendments to the Charter are aimed at establishing the institution of partnership and improving the rules governing observer status in the CSTO.
States that are not members of the Organization, as well as international organizations interested in studying the open regulatory framework, experience and practice of the Organization without accepting obligations to participate in the practical activities of the Organization, can receive observer status with the Organization. States that are not members of the Organization, as well as international organizations that share the goals and principles of the Organization, that wish to establish and develop mutually beneficial cooperation relations with the Organization in areas of mutual interest with the obligation to participate in practical activities of the Organization, can receive the status of a partner of the Organization.
The amendments provide for an increase in the social security of representatives of the CSTO member States holding the posts of CSTO Deputy Secretary General by providing them with diplomatic privileges and immunity in the host country to the extent provided for by the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations.
Source: Kazakhtan 2050