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Lukashenko wants free parliamentary election in Belarus

MINSK, 26 July (BelTA) – President of the Republic of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko has ordered to ensure free and peaceful parliamentary election in compliance with the Belarusian legislation. The Belarusian leader made this statement at a session to discuss the upgrade the Armed Forces and the State Border Committee of Belarus on 26 July, BelTA has learnt.

“We will conduct the parliamentary election in the autumn. The election will be held against the backdrop of increased hatred against the situation in Belarus and the country per se both abroad and inside Belarus. All the people in attendance need to ensure free will of people in a calm atmosphere in strict compliance with Belarusian laws,” the head of state said.

Alexander Lukashenko noted that the session will discuss military and border security. “The great attention to the matter is necessitated, first of all, by the international situation. We are fully aware of the current issues. The emergence of new geopolitical challenges, economic and political security threats have become common in the modern world. In the time of globalization, any negative trends spread very fast across geographic borders,” the President said. According to the head of state, examples abound – the situation in the Middle East, Syria, pressure on Iran, just to name a few.

“Traditional warfare methods are replaced by new ones, including informational and psychological ones, operations and subversive activities. They involve well-prepared extremist groups. Under the auspices of numerous organizations formally acting in the name of democracy, they nourish, consolidate and send destructive forces wherever their foreign bosses want,” the President said.

Alexander Lukashenko emphasized that this situation makes the Belarusian authorities pay greater attention to the national security and make prompt decisions on key issues.

“This is particularly important during political campaigns when foreign and domestic ill-wishers become most active, to put it mildly,” the President said.

The head of state reminded that at the beginning of the year an agreement was reached to consider reformation and upgrade of the national security forces within half a year. The President added that optimization of prosecution agencies and their cooperation with the Investigation Committee will soon be considered, too. Specific proposals are being developed on the reformation of the interior ministry and other agencies.

The President ordered the Defense Minister to update him on the state of affairs in the Belarusian army. He ordered to examine whether the army meets modern-day requirements and how the issues facing the army can be addressed taking into consideration Belarus’ economic capacities. Alexander Lukashenko wanted to know how his instructions regarding the state border policy and border security for 2012 are implemented and whether they are fulfilled with due diligence and on time.

“A number of specific instructions were given to evaluate the Belarusian army that was reformed several years ago, because the situation, we see it by the example of the Arab countries, including Syria, is changing all the time and the army should be prepared to respond to whatever might happen!” the President said.