According to the chairman of the commission for international affairs and relations with the CIS of the lower chamber of the parliament, the House of Representatives, Vadim Popov, Belarus is part to 241 agreements of 277 deals signed in the CIS, and the number of agreements ratified by this country, 227, makes it the leader of the commonwealth.
A number of CIS members are behind the schedule in ratification procedures, and 2005 did not result in much progress. Only Moldova and Ukraine managed to catch up with the schedule, however, they did not ratify a single agreement since mid-2005.
Vadim Popov also noted that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Belarus needed not only to prepare CIS agreements for ratification, but also to take stock of ineffective documents. Russia withdrew from as many as 12 inefficient agreements last year. Belarus considers withdrawing from four deals.
According to the commission, the inventory of international agreements will improve the regulatory framework within the Commonwealth of Independent States.