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Armen Yeritsyan was Apointed Chairman of the CSTO Coordinating Council on Emergencies

24.09.2015

The eighth regular session of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) member states Coordinating Council on Emergencies was held in Sochi on September 22.

Based on the provisions of the declaration adopted at the session in June (2006) by the heads of the CSTO member states, began the process of formation of cooperation between the CSTO member states in responding to natural and man-made emergency response. The CSTO Coordinating Council on Emergencies was established in 2007 and was rather actively operating.

The Council consists of the heads of emergency situations departments of CSTO member-states. The sessions of CSTO Coordinating Council on Emergencies are held once a year:

1. 2008, March 18- Moscow (Russia)
2. 2009, November 26 - Moscow (Russia)
3. 2010, December 1- Moscow (Russia)
4. 2011, October 11- Yerevan (Armenia)
5. 2012, August 16- Minsk (Belarus)
6. 2013, July 16-Gomel ( Belarus)
7. 2014, September 5- Almaty (Kazakhstan)
8. 2015, September 22- Sochi ( Russia)

Before the meeting, the Minister of Territorial Administration and Emergency Situations of the RA A. Yeritsyan and Minister of Emergency Situations of Belarus V. Vashchenko signed the charter of the Belarusian-Armenian inter-ministerial committee on cooperation in the sphere of prevention and elimination of emergency situations.

The session was chaired by the Deputy Minister of Internal Affairs of the Republic of Kazakhstan V. Bozhko.

The meeting was attended by CSTO Secretary General Nikolay Bordyuzha, members of CSTO ESCC- the Minister of Territorial Administration and Emergency Situations of the RA A. Yeritsyan, the Minister Emergency Situations of Belarus V. Vashchenko, the Minister of Emergency Situations of the Republic of Kyrgystan K. Boronov, Chairman of the ES and Civil Defense committee under the government of the Republic of Tajikistan Kh. Abdurakhimov, experts and representatives of CSTO Secretariat and departments for emergency situations.

The RA MTAES Rescue Service Director, r/ s Lieutenant General S. Azaryan and the Deputy Head of the Population Protection and Disaster Elimination Organization Department of MTAES Rescue Service, r/ s Colonel K. Hovhannisyan were also included in the delegation.

The agenda included 11 issues, the 3rd item of which was related to the establishment of the Russian-Armenian humanitarian response center in Armenia.

The Russian -Armenian humanitarian response center will promote the development of regional cooperation, the strengthening of mechanisms and opportunities aimed at preventing emergency situations and elimination of their consequences, as well as will improve the level of population protection and the rapid response to emergencies. The center will also contribute to the resolution of humanitarian response problems in Armenia, Russia, as well as in the third countries. The joint center will become a center of testing and introducing of new technologies and equipment for search and rescue and extinguishing operations. It will also perform the role of a training center for training, retraining and professional development of the rescuers of the region and the CSTO member states. The unique in the region center will be equipped with the latest equipment, working and living conditions. The Ministry of TAES had built an administrative building on the territory of 17.5 hectares located in Kotayk region, fully renovated the buildings, storehouses, and the Russian side would provide the technical equipment and reserves provision problems.

In his speech, the Minister of Territorial Administration and Emergency Situations of the RA A. Yeritsyan particularly mentioned, that considerable work had been done during the reporting period.

Administrative buildings and classrooms of 600sq m, buildings and facilities of 2950sq m had been renovated, the infrastructures had been restored in the space of 17.2 hectares, allocated by the RA Ministry of Territorial Administration and Emergency Situations to the center for use in the community Getargel of Kotayk region.

A. Yeritsyan expressed hope, that the sides will carry out the obligations on the establishment of the center as intended in the agreement signed in Moscow on 15 May 2015.

At the end of his speech, A. Yeritsyan informed those presents, that on September 4, 2015, the Armenian USAR Team of the Ministry of Territorial Administration and Emergency Situations had successfully undergone the INSARAG External Classification final test, had received INSARAG certificate and had become member of the International Search and Rescue family.

According to the 11th and 12th agenda items, the meeting discussed and decided to transfer the presidency of CSTO Coordinating Council on Emergencies to Armenia, to appoint the Minister of Territorial Administration and Emergency Situations Armen Yeritsyan the Chairman of CSTO ESCC and to hold the regular 9th session of CSTO ESCC in Yerevan, on September 2-6, 2016.

The session focused on issues concerning the results of 2015 CSTO Collective Security Council session, the implementation of the agreement on training personnel for law enforcement agencies, fire-fighting and rescue services, and special services of the CSTO member states, the CSTO collective emergency response system development related issues.
In conclusion of the meeting, the delegations exchanged gifts, delivered congratulatory speeches, which was followed by the rewarding process.

The Minister of Territorial Administration and Emergency Situations of the RA A. Yeritsyan was awarded with medal of RF MES “Collaboration for Salvation”.

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