Baku hosted the 31st meeting of the CIS Council of heads of security agencies and special services.
Baku hosted the 31st meeting of the CIS Council of heads of security agencies and special services. First, the event participants visited the Alley of Honor and put a wreath at National Leader Heydar Aliyev’s tomb. The outstanding ophthalmologist, Academician Zarifa Aliyeva’s memory was also honored. Further, the guests laid a wreath at the Eternal Fire memorial complex erected at the Alley of Martyrs in honor of those who died for the country’s independence. Delegations of CIS Council of heads of security agencies and special services as well as CIS Anti-Terrorism Center attended the meeting. Officials of relevant agencies of Germany, Italy and France attended the meeting in capacity of observers. National Security Minister Eldar Mahmudov made a keynote speech. Azerbaijani Prime Minister Arthur Rasizadeh welcomed the guests on behalf of President Ilham Aliyev, delivered his congratulations. Eldar Mahmudov expressed his confidence that the discussion of the issues on preventing threats against security, including terrorism, extremism and transnational organized crimes at the meeting of the CIS Council of Chiefs of Security and Special Intelligence Services will contribute to the regional and international security. CIS Executive Secretary Sergei Lebedev said that the delegations’ were deeply impressed with the meeting with President Ilham Aliyev. He said the member countries had made great progress in the past 20 years, CIS heads of states attached special importance to the improvement of the partnership relations that meet national interests of every country. The meeting was continued under the chairmanship of Director of Russia’s Federal Security Service, chairman of the CIS Council of Chiefs of Security and Special Intelligence Services, General Alexander Bortnikov. Improvement of struggle against terrorism and extremism, prospects of cooperation in inquest and initial investigation into the crimes within the competence of security and special intelligence services were discussed during the meeting. The participants also discussed ways of improvement of cooperation and exchange of information in combating transnational organized crimes, illicit drug turnover, illegal migration, cyber crimes. Relevant decisions were signed, action plan of the Council for next year confirmed, list of activities of CIS Anti-Terrorism Center for 2012 agreed at the end of the meeting. The next meeting of the CIS Council of Chiefs of Security and Special Intelligence Services will be held in Moldova next year.