Council of CSTO Foreign Ministers opens session in Astana

ASTANA. April 6. KAZINFORM Astana hosts a session of the CSTO Council of Foreign Ministers chaired by Kazakh Minister of Foreign Affairs Yerzhan Kazykhanov. CSTO Secretary General Nikolay Bordyuzha is taking part in the sitting.

The foreign ministers will discuss the draft agenda of the Collective Security Council's jubilee session devoted to the 20th anniversary of the Collective Security Agreement and 10th anniversary of the CSTO establishment.

Besides, the Council will consider the issues concerning the fundamental positions of CSTO member states on topical global and regional security issues and additional measures for collective cooperation  in resolving them, strengthening allied solidarity in the presence of external threats.

The foreign ministers will also discuss the problem of countering the growing threats and challenges emanating from Afghanistan in connection with the transfer of responsibility for the security of the country to the Afghan security forces. Among them is the problem of strengthening the borders of Tajikistan, and the organization of the cargo transit of the International Security Assistance Force.

The Collective Security Treaty Organization is an intergovernmental military alliance which was signed on 15 May 1992. The CSTO charter reaffirmed the desire of all participating states to abstain from the use or threat of force. Signatories would not be able to join other military alliances or other groups of states, while aggression against one signatory would be perceived as an aggression against all. The CSTO member states are Kazakhstan, Armenia, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan, Belarus, and Uzbekistan. The supreme organ is the Collective Security Council, which includes the heads of member states.

In 2009 in Moscow, the leaders endorsed the creation of the CSTO Collective Rapid Reaction Force (RRF). According to the signed document, the RRF will be used to repel military aggression, conduct special operations to combat international terrorism and extremism, transnational organized crime, drug trafficking, as well as mitigate consequences of emergencies.


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