The Parliamentary Assembly adopted the draft model law On Peacekeeping Activities and Peacekeeping Forces presented at the 14th plenary session of the CSTO PA by Anatoly Vyborny, Chairman of the CSTO PA Standing Commission on Defence and Security and deputy Chairman of the Committee on Security and Corruption Control of the Russian State Duma. Presenting the draft law, Anatoly Vyborny said that it “develops coordinated approaches to formation, preparation and, most importantly, functioning of collective peacekeeping forces.”
The model law unifies such concepts as “CSTO peacekeeping activities,” “peacekeeping operation,” “mandate of a peacekeeping operation” and “peacekeeping contingent” of a state.
The law also provides grounds both for the commencement of a peacekeeping operation and for its termination.
In particular, the grounds for considering the deployment of a peacekeeping contingent are a decision of an international organization under the UN mandate and an international treaty. And the grounds for withdrawal of a peacekeeping contingent are early withdrawal due to a change in the international military and political situation and sharp escalation of tension and intensity of the conflict in the peacekeeping operation zone.
“Thus, the adoption of the model law On Peacekeeping Activities and Peacekeeping Forces will make it possible to considerably improve the legal framework of peacekeeping activities and, consequently, the efficiency of formation and use of the CSTO collective peacekeeping forces,” noted Anatoly Vyborny. Earlier, the draft model law was approved by the CSTO PA Standing Commission on Defence and Security.