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of October 14, 2002

Committee on cases of religions and nationalities under Council of Ministers of the Republic of Belarus and Public service on problems of cults under the Government of the Republic of Moldova, further - the Parties,

being guided by provisions of the Agreement on friendship and cooperation between the Republic of Belarus and the Republic of Moldova of December 21, 1992,

in view of 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 organizations 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,

being guided by the national legal system and the international obligations of the states, relying on the principles of equality and mutual advantage,

proceeding from mutual interest in effective solution of the tasks connected with regulation of the state and church and interfaith relations, and also identification, the prevention and suppression of violations of the law of the states about freedom of religions and the religious organizations

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

sure is 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 exchange of information and work experience in the field of regulation of the state and church and interfaith relations.

Article 2

The parties within this agreement use the following forms of cooperation:

exchange of information concerning legal regulation of activities of the religious organizations and the interfaith relations;

exchange of practical experience of work in the field of regulation of the state and church and interfaith relations;

exchange of information about religious situation in the states, policy of the state in the field of the state and church relations, regulation of the interfaith relations, about separate faiths and the religious organizations (associations), and also about activities of the pseudo-religious destructive organizations and structures;

interaction concerning holding the actions directed to identification, the prevention and suppression of violations of the law of their states about freedom of religions and the religious organizations;

coordination of activities and rendering necessary assistance on the questions arising in the course of cooperation, exchange of representatives and delegations, advanced training of personnel, the organization of training of specialists of other Party, and also holding scientific and practical conferences and seminars in the field of competence of the Parties;

exchange of methodical, scientific and reference materials, the organization of researches on the questions attracting mutual interest;

coordination of cooperation with state bodies for religions of other states and the international organizations;

organization of other actions, joint programs and projects.

Article 3

Information obtained within this agreement cannot be transferred to the third party without written consent of the Party which provided this information.

Article 4

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.

Article 5

Integral parts of this Agreement are protocols on cooperation for every year in which specific conditions and measures for implementation of provisions of this agreement are specified.

Article 6

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 7

Any of obligations of the Parties following from Articles of this agreement cannot be interpreted as the basis for any actions 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.

Article 8

This agreement becomes effective from signature date.

This agreement is signed for a period of five years and every time will be prolonged for the subsequent five-year periods automatically if one of the Parties does not send to other Party in six months prior to the end of the corresponding period the notification on the intention to terminate this Agreement. Cancellation of this agreement will not influence programs and projects which implementation already began.

Signed on October 14, 2002 in Chisinau in duplicate, everyone in the Belarusian, Moldavian and Russian languages, and all texts are equally authoritative. In case of disagreements in case of interpretation of provisions of this agreement the text in Russian will be assumed as a basis.

For Committee on cases of religions and nationalities under Council of Ministers of the Republic of Belarus

S. I. Buko

For Public service on problems of cults under the Government of the Republic of Moldova

S. S. Yatsko



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