Aleksandr Lukashenko approves resolution on Belarus’ border protection in 2015

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President of Belarus Aleksandr Lukashenko has approved the resolution on Belarus’ state border protection in 2015.

The head of state stressed that border security is among the top priorities of the state policy. He asked about the progress in the fulfillment of the instruction in this field which was given to the government, the State Secretariat of the Security Council, the State Border Committee and other law enforcement bodies. The President also noted that all issues concerning the legal framework were solved.

The extended session of the board of the State Border Committee held in January 2014 focused on the urgent issues. “Top on the agenda were such issues as the optimization of border protection agencies, enhancement of the public order in the border zone, the role of oblast commissions in the resolution of these issues, cooperation of public bodies and people living in the near-border territories in the protection of the state border. It is a rather good idea. In the Soviet times, people living in the near-border regions used to take part in the protection of the border. But later people even forgot that they were living in the near-border territories. As a result, the very important section of the border with the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, the European Union was too democratic. Therefore, we decided to restore the method when the population was engaged in the protection of the state border,” the President said.

The head of state asked whether the negative tendencies which have emerged recently in neighboring countries near the Belarusian state border were taken into account. “What has changed in the border forces? Have the border guards stepped up efforts to prevent certain cases, such as unpunished violation of the state border?” Aleksandr Lukashenko asked.

The President also asked how the State Border Committee protects the state interests of Belarus in new integration processes, including in cooperation with customs bodies. “Do not forget that we are building relations with the East and the West. We should understand that the national interests are our main priority,” the Belarusian leader stressed.

Aleksandr Lukashenko heard out a report about the performance of border services in 2014. When approving the resolution on protecting the state border the President gave a number of instructions to improve the system of border security and adjust it to modern conditions in 2015.