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PRESIDENTIAL DECREE OF THE REPUBLIC OF BELARUS

of July 9, 1996 No. 247

About approval of regulations on diplomatic representations and consular establishments of the Republic of Belarus

(as of May 15, 2008)

Approve the enclosed Regulations on diplomatic representations and consular establishments of the Republic of Belarus.

 

President of the Republic of Belarus A. Lukashenko

Approved by the Presidential decree of the Republic of Belarus of July 9, 1996 No. 247

Regulations on diplomatic representations and consular establishments of the Republic of Belarus

1. Diplomatic representations (embassies, permanent missions under the international organizations, missions) and consular establishments are bodies of external relations of the Republic of Belarus which represent the Republic of Belarus in the states of stay (the international organizations) and perform functions for the benefit of its foreign policy.

2. Diplomatic representations and consular establishments of the Republic of Belarus in the activities are guided by the Constitution of the Republic of Belarus, international treaties of the Republic of Belarus, legislations of the Republic of Belarus and the state of stay, including this Provision.

3. Diplomatic representations and consular establishments of the Republic of Belarus submit to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

4. In civil and employment relationships in the territory of the state of stay diplomatic representations and consular establishments of the Republic of Belarus are effective as independent legal entities.

5. Diplomatic representations of the Republic of Belarus perform the following functions:

representation of the Republic of Belarus in the states of stay (the international organizations);

protection of interests of the Republic of Belarus and its citizens in the states of stay in the limits allowed by international law;

negotiating with the government and other bodies of the states of stay (bodies of the international organizations);

studying by all legal means of political, economic, cultural and scientific life of the state of stay and informing on the matters of the President of the Republic of Belarus and the highest state authorities of the Republic of Belarus;

participation in development of offers and negotiations on the conclusion between the Republic of Belarus and adoptive states of agreements, observation of accomplishment of the signed agreements;

participation in activities of the international organizations and their bodies;

strengthening of friendship between the Republic of Belarus and the states of stay, development and extension of contacts in the field of economy, trade, cultures, sciences and other spheres;

assistance to the ministries and other republican state bodies, legal entities and citizens of the Republic of Belarus in implementation of communications with foreign partners and in development of cooperation with compatriots abroad;

informing official structures and the public of foreign states about the Republic of Belarus.

5-1. Diplomatic agents of diplomatic representations of the Republic of Belarus make notarial actions, actions for civil registration outside the Republic of Belarus according to acts of the legislation, international treaties of the Republic of Belarus in case of accomplishment of consular functions by diplomatic representations of the Republic of Belarus.

6. Consular establishments of the Republic of Belarus perform functions according to the Consular charter of the Republic of Belarus.

7. Appointment to positions and release from positions of ambassadors, permanent representatives under the international organizations is performed by the President of the Republic of Belarus, envoys, chargês d'affaires, minister counselors, general konsulovsovety Ministers of the Republic of Belarus, other heads of consular establishments, other diplomatic workers - the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

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