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[29.04.2OO3] Summit of CSTO Leaders Held in Dushanbe

A one-day summit of the leaders from the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) including Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan concluded in the Tajik capital, Dushanbe, on Monday, IRINnews Asia reported.
 
The leaders of Armenia, Belarus and Russia also participated in the event. CSTO is a six-member military and political alliance of the former Soviet republics.
 
"This was an important event in strengthening the CSTO," Vladimir Sotirov, the UN secretary-general's special representative in Tajikistan, told IRIN from Dushanbe. "It increases the cooperation among the participating states in military and security fields, which is also a prerequisite for strengthening their ties in other fields. It will add to the stability of the region," he said
 
"The main aim of CSTO is to assure the security and territorial integrity of the member countries," Russian President Vladimir Putin told journalists. The summit named Nikolai Bordiuzha, the 53-year-old former head of the Russian Security Council, secretary-general of the organization. Sources told IRIN that the meeting had also discussed the formation of proper agencies that would eventually perform CSTO-mandated functions.
 
The CSTO was established through the Collective Security Treaty (CST) in the Uzbek capital, Tashkent, in 1992 by the heads of state of six countries of the Commonwealth of Independent States, these being Russia, Armenia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan. Azerbaijan subsequently joined the CST in 1993, together with Belarus and Georgia.
 
The CST became effective on 20 April 1994 for a period of five years with potential subsequent extensions. In 1999, Georgia, Azerbaijan and Uzbekistan pulled out of the treaty. The charter of the CSTO and its legal status were approved in the Moldavian capital, Chisinau, on 7 October 2002.
 
In the past, the CSTO focused largely on joint security concerns in Central Asia, but never had a proper organizational structure. The alliance aims to focus on preserving the territorial integrity of member states, and seeking closer cooperation with the UN, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, NATO and the Shanghai Cooperation Organization., IRINnews Asia reported.
 
The leaders of Armenia, Belarus and Russia also participated in the event. CSTO is a six-member military and political alliance of the former Soviet republics.
 
"This was an important event in strengthening the CSTO," Vladimir Sotirov, the UN secretary-general's special representative in Tajikistan, told IRIN from Dushanbe. "It increases the cooperation among the participating states in military and security fields, which is also a prerequisite for strengthening their ties in other fields. It will add to the stability of the region," he said
 
"The main aim of CSTO is to assure the security and territorial integrity of the member countries," Russian President Vladimir Putin told journalists. The summit named Nikolai Bordiuzha, the 53-year-old former head of the Russian Security Council, secretary-general of the organization. Sources told IRIN that the meeting had also discussed the formation of proper agencies that would eventually perform CSTO-mandated functions.
 
The CSTO was established through the Collective Security Treaty (CST) in the Uzbek capital, Tashkent, in 1992 by the heads of state of six countries of the Commonwealth of Independent States, these being Russia, Armenia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan. Azerbaijan subsequently joined the CST in 1993, together with Belarus and Georgia.
 
The CST became effective on 20 April 1994 for a period of five years with potential subsequent extensions. In 1999, Georgia, Azerbaijan and Uzbekistan pulled out of the treaty. The charter of the CSTO and its legal status were approved in the Moldavian capital, Chisinau, on 7 October 2002.
 
In the past, the CSTO focused largely on joint security concerns in Central Asia, but never had a proper organizational structure. The alliance aims to focus on preserving the territorial integrity of member states, and seeking closer cooperation with the UN, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, NATO and the Shanghai Cooperation Organization.
 
KNNA Kabar/ IRINnews Asia, April 29, 2003

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