Representatives of six countries met at the Issyk-Kul lake to discuss implementation of the UN Security Council Resolution 1540 (2004)

Representatives of six countries met at the Issyk-Kul lake to discuss implementation of the UN Security Council Resolution 1540 (2004)

Peer review on implementation of the UN Security Council Resolution 1540 took place in Kosh-Kol village of the Issyk-Kul province, the Kyrgyz Republic where the representatives of the state institutions of the Central Asian region participated: Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Republic of Belarus.

Also, the representatives the international, regional and other organization including the Committee 1540 of the UN Security Council, the Secretariat of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, the Task Force ensuring implementation of the Convention on the Prohibition of Biological and Toxic Weapons, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, and the Center on problems of nonproliferation and export control attended this forum.

Sub-regional forum was organized by the national coordinator of dual-use good export control   – the Ministry of Economy of the Kyrgyz Republic under support of the OSCE programme Office in Bishkek.

The parties – participants have been presented by the representatives of the state institutions, competent and profile experts in area of non-proliferation weapons of mass destruction. Mr. A.Sharsheev, the Official Secretary of the Ministry of Economy of the Kyrgyz Republic was the head of the Kyrgyz delegation. Also, His Excellency Ambassador Dr. Pierre Von Arx, the head of OSCE Programme Office took part in this event.

Following enabled to hold mentioned format of the peer review:

Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Belarus conducted tripartite peer review on implementation of the Resolution 1540 in 2015-2017 (in Bishkek, Minsk and Dushanbe).

In 2017, during finding mission to Dushanbe within a format “2+1” (Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Belarus), a package of joint recommendations on effective implementation of the Resolution 1540 and regional cooperation has been prepared. One of recommendations supposed to organize an additional round of peer review in Kyrgyzstan with all states of Central Asia and Belarus, and the international agencies to learn the best practices and experience in drafting of the National Action Plan (NAP) on implementation of this resolution.

During peer review, aspects of enhancing of the national legislation in area of export control, biological and chemical safety have being considered including the recommendations of effective implementation of requirements of the Resolution 1540, together with representatives of the international agencies.

The parties thoroughly examined a status of fulfillment of final recommendations of the Minsk and Dushanbe rounds of peer reviews conducted within tripartite format earlier.

Also, the experts from the Secretariat of the Organization on prohibition of chemical weapons and the Task Force stipulating implementation of the Convention for the Prohibition of biological and toxic weapons helped to consider and discuss status of realization of mentioned conventions by the parties-participants of the peer review.

The peer review participants highly appreciated work of this gathering. So, Mr. Vasily Pavlov, the head of delegation of the Republic of Belarus, pointed out unicity of the working format promoting effective realization of the Resolution 1540. The representative of the delegation from Kazakhstan proposed to move forward in such tandem, share experience on implementation of the Resolution 1540. The representative of Uzbekistan indicated that highlighted problems did not have boundaries. Mr. Ilkhom Mirsaidov, the head of the Tajik delegation highly appreciated organization of conducted seminar. Mr. Maksat Bekiev, the representative of Turkmenistan proposed holding of similar event in a format “5+1” in 2020 in Ashgabat.

The international experts also positively assessed holding of this event, which demonstrates high commitment in addressing issues of implementation of the Convention for Prohibition of Biological and Toxic Weapons (Herman Alex Lampalzer – the representation of the group supporting the Convention). Ms. Sharon Rivera, the OPCW representative, expressed her gratitude and underlined work efficiency in this format what facilitated active cooperation, building of network interaction of the states – parties of the Convention on the Prohibition and Elimination of Chemical Weapons.

Mr. Taalaibek Bektashev, the representative of our Center on non-proliferation and export control in the Kyrgyz Republic, made a presentation on implementation of the Convention on the Prohibition and Elimination of Chemical Weapons by the Kyrgyz Republic. In addition, T.Bektashev informed that the Center carries out work on implementation of the National Action Plan on execution of the Resolution 1540 in terms of establishing the regional informational portal on non-proliferation and export control. It will facilitate awareness rising of the foreign economic activity actors and economic agents on considered issues.

We would like to remind that according to the Resolution of the Government of the Kyrgyz Republic as of 24th of July 2017, №443 “On approval of the Action Plan of the Kyrgyz Republic on implementation of the Resolution 1540 of the UN Security Council for 2017-2019”, the Center on non-proliferation and export control is a co-executor of some activities of the plan including provision of access of the foreign economic activity actors, economic agents to informational resources.

Mr. Anton Martyniuk, the experts of OSCE secretariat in Vienna updated that OSCE is always ready to promote a dialogue and glad to provide analytical expertise and platform for discussions. “But success of implementation of the Resolution 1540 depends only on active position of every country”, – the expert told.

Mr. Gennadi Lutay, the expert of Committee 1540, highly evaluated this event; he indicated a constructive approach of the participants with regard to implementation of the UN SC Resolution 1540.

Adoption of recommendations of the Issyk-Kul Round has become a critical outcome of the six-party meeting including drafting of recommendations for the region in order to ensure effective coordination and implementation of the UN SC Resolution 1540 (elaboration of the regional road map on implementation).

You can find the recommendations in the Section on Documents.

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