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    BELARUS PARLIAMENT RATIFIES CIS ANTI-TERROR PROTOCOL

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    MINSK, April 2, 2004. (RIA Novosti) -- The Belarus parliament has ratified the protocol confirming Regulations on Conducting Joint Anti-terror Activities in the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS).

    The ratification of the document is to show that Belarus shares responsibility for the preservation of peace and international security, noted Leonid Yerin, chairman of the Belarus state security committee, submitting the document to the legislative assembly.

    "Analysis of the current international situation shows that international terrorism is characterized by a large scale, an unprecedented cruelty and sophistication in staging terrorist acts," said Mr. Yerin.

    Regulations on Conducting Joint Anti-terror Activities define, in particular, the legal status of the states-participants in joint operations. The protocol confirming these regulations was signed in Chisinau, the capital of Moldova, in 2002.

    In Mr. Yerin's words, the documents submitted by him to the parliament do not contain points that contradict the Belarus constitution.

    On Friday, the Belarus parliamentarians also ratified the International Convention on the Suppression of the Financing of Terrorism, signed by Belarus in 2001 in New York

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