Lukashenko: our security forces doing well, but there’re shortcomings
The President of Belarus has convened today a big meeting with the country’s security bloc in the Palace of Independence, inviting the leadership and representatives of almost all law enforcement agencies, as well as the chairs of the regional executive committees and the Minsk City Executive Committee. The Head of State spoke about plans to hold this event in early February 2023, when he received a report from Prosecutor General Andrei Shved. Then Aleksandr Lukashenko instructed him to prepare a large-scale meeting with the security forces to discuss the results of the previous year.
“Let’s bring together the entire security bloc and talk frankly about the tasks and shortcomings, most importantly – about the shortcomings of the entire security bloc, including the army. It is our drawback that we, in this composition, do not talk about the problems of the army, the Prosecutor’s Office, the investigating authorities, the Interior Ministry, the KGB as a whole, having brought them together. Still, these are people who perform similar tasks, and such contacts are very important ...”
Opening the current meeting, Aleksandr Lukashenko noted that the subject of discussion would be national security and the situation in the security bloc, “Naturally, as is common every year, at the beginning of each year, following the results of the past year, each minister of the security bloc reported to me about the situation in, let’s say, the territory under their jurisdiction. Of course, you understand what these reports are. I don’t want to say that they are not professional; they are very professional. But, as I noticed, there’s a serious trend to show oneself in a good light. This is not a lie; it is true because our security forces are doing well, but still there are shortcomings.”
In this regard, Aleksandr Lukashenko noted that he did not have the opportunity to visit each department’s final boards, “Nevertheless, at the beginning of next year I will try to do this. In January-February 2024, I plan to visit the final boards of all departments, from the Prosecutor General’s Office to the Investigative Committee, and sum up what we have done over the five-year period. Therefore, considering that you well reported to me on the successes in written form, after the Prosecutor General’s report, he was instructed to prepare a thorough report with an analysis of the situation in the security agencies.”