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MP: Business ties will help Belarus, Estonia improve political relations

29.04.2013 17:02

MINSK, 29 April (BelTA) – Expansion of business ties will enable Belarus ad Estonia to improve understanding in politics, Nikolai Ivanchenko, vice-chairman of the permanent commission on ecology, environmental management and the Chernobyl disaster of the House of Representatives and chief of the task group on cooperation with the Estonian parliament, told reporters answering a question of the BelTA journalist on 29 April.

Nikolai Ivanchenko expects a more vigorous inter-parliamentary cooperation between Belarus and Estonian after the election of the new composition of the Estonian parliament. “I think the expansion of business ties will facilitate understanding in politics,” the MP said. He reminded that this month Belarusian MPs have taken part in a roundtable session in Tallinn together with MPs from the Baltic states and representatives of the Belarusian community in these countries. “We have reached an agreement to advance to a conceptually new level of relations,” the MP emphasized.

He noted that Belarus demonstrated willingness to collaborate. “Today Estonia is making certain steps towards rapprochement and a constructive dialogue,” Nikolai Ivanchenko said. In the near term the parties are going to elaborate a cooperation program. Belarus is interested in several areas, like development of eco-friendly (green) technologies. It is important that Estonia is a member of the Council of the Baltic Sea States. “We would like to join it as an associated member,” the MP informed. Belarusian rivers, like the Neman River, run into the Baltic Sea. This is one of the reasons why Belarus seeks to take part in the sea clean-up program.

Nikolai Ivanchenko added that Belarus would like to study Estonia’s practices in waste collection and treatment. Nikolai Ivanchenko met with deputy chairman of Estonia’s group for parliamentary ties with Belarus Denis Borodich. The Belarusian MP noted that representatives of the Minsk Oblast Executive Committee will hold talks with Estonia to discuss collaboration in waste treatment.

Belarus would like to adopt Estonia’s practices in electronic government. Belarus also views Estonia as a platform to boost cooperation with other countries of the Baltic Sea.

“We can offer a lot of our own products and projects,” Nikolai Ivanchenko underlined. The MP expressed hope that a Belarus-Estonia intergovernmental cooperation agency will be set up and that the Estonian parliament will help make it happen.
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