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The agreement between the Representative for cases of religions and nationalities of the Republic of Belarus and the State committee of Ukraine for nationalities and religions about cooperation

of June 4, 2008

The representative for cases of religions and nationalities of the Republic of Belarus and the State committee of Ukraine for nationalities and religions, further - the Parties,

building the relations in the field of providing the rights of persons belonging to ethnic minorities in the spirit of the Treaty of friendship, neighborliness and cooperation between the Republic of Belarus and Ukraine of July 17, 1995,

being guided by the Agreement between the Republic of Belarus and Ukraine on cooperation in providing the rights of persons belonging to ethnic minorities of July 23, 1999,

in view of that persons of the Ukrainian nationality living in the Republic of Belarus and persons of the Belarusian nationality living in Ukraine treat ethnic minorities and are integral part of society in which they live and which is enriched with the work, original culture and traditions,

aiming at creating favorable conditions for realization of the rights of persons belonging to the Belarusian ethnic minority in Ukraine and to the Ukrainian ethnic minority in the Republic of Belarus, activities of their organizations

relying on the principles of equality and mutual advantage,

aiming to strengthen the contractual legal basis of the relations and to give them new qualities,

based on interest in cooperation on providing the rights of ethnic minorities, development of their ethnic originality, culture and language, preserving the stable international relations in the territories of the states of the Parties,

considering that at this stage of social development of the states of the Parties influence of religion and the religious organizations considerably increased and political and social stability of the states of the Parties, and also that circumstance that in the territory of their states generally similar religious structures connected among themselves, including organizationally are effective in many respects depends on regulation of the religious sphere, and the Parties solve in general similar problems,

proceeding from mutual interest in effective solution of the tasks connected with regulation of the state and church and interfaith relations

based on interest in cooperation on preserving the stable interfaith relations in the territories of the states of the Parties,

expressing confidence that the cooperation in the field of regulation of religious situation and the state and church relations is of great importance in deepening of relations between the states of the Parties,

wishing to render for this purpose each other broader assistance,

agreed as follows:

Article 1

Subject of this agreement is the cooperation of the Parties on support of activities of public associations of the citizens carrying themselves to ethnic minorities, exchange of information and work experience in the field of regulation of the international relations, state and church and interfaith relations.

Article 2

In this agreement are implied by persons belonging to ethnic minorities respectively:

citizens of the Republic of Belarus who carry themselves on ethnic, cultural and language features to the Ukrainian ethnic minority;

citizens of Ukraine who carry themselves on ethnic, cultural and language features to the Belarusian ethnic minority.

Article 3

The parties according to the current legislation of their states will promote representatives of ethnic minorities in realization of their activities directed to preserving ethnic, cultural and language originality.

Article 4

The parties according to the current legislation of their states will be:

develop cooperation on legal regulation and exchange practical experience of work in the field of the international relations and the relations with the compatriots living abroad, regulations of the state and church and interfaith relations;

perform interaction and coordination of activities for questions of assistance to persons called in Article 2 of this agreement;

perform exchange of information about national and religious situation in the states, policy of the state in the field of the state and church relations, regulation of the international and interfaith relations, about separate faiths and the religious organizations (associations);

cooperate concerning preparation, retraining and advanced training of personnel;

hold joint scientific and practical conferences, seminars, symposiums, scientific research on the questions attracting mutual interest, to exchange results of scientific research, other information on the problems concerning provision of ethnic minorities in the states of the Parties;

conduct exchange of the up-to-date information directly or indirectly infringing on interests of the Parties;

organize other actions, joint programs and projects.

Article 5

In need of the Party can create by mutual consent working groups and the coordination commissions for the solution of the specific questions connected with accomplishment of this agreement.

The parties can sign protocols on cooperation with indication of specific conditions and measures for implementation of provisions of this agreement.

Article 6

The parties will encourage direct cooperation of scientific and analytical organizations of the states on the questions connected with subject of this agreement.

Article 7

All questions connected with accomplishment and interpretation of this agreement will be permitted by negotiations or consultations between the Parties.

The parties will aim at achievement of mutual consent in settlement of matters of argument which can arise in case of interpretation or application of this agreement.

By mutual consent of the Party can make necessary additions and changes which are drawn up by the relevant protocols to this agreement and are integral part of this agreement. Such amendments and changes will become effective according to the procedure, provided for entry into force of this agreement.

This agreement does not exclude sales opportunity of other joint actions and projects which are in advance approved between the Parties.

Article 8

Any of obligations of the Parties following from Articles of this agreement cannot be interpreted as the basis for any actions or activities contradicting the purposes and the principles of Articles of organization of the United Nations, the conventional principles and rules of international law, the legislation and the international obligations of the states of the Parties.

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