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Foreign Minister Kairat Abdrakhmanov and CSTO Secretary General Yury Khachaturov spoke about the expansion of cooperation between the CSTO and international organizations at a briefing following the meeting of the Council of Foreign Ministers of the member-states of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO CFM).

According to the Minister, the focus of the meeting of the CSTO Foreign Ministers Council was on the implementation of priority directions put forward by the President of Kazakhstan at the organization’s anniversary summit in Minsk in November last year. These include the development of military and military-technical cooperation, CSTO participation in the formation of the international system of global counteraction to terrorism, the development of joint approaches to counter threats to cybersecurity and the development of concrete measures to combat illicit drug trafficking.

Kazakhstan stands for development, strengthening of CSTO cooperation with international organizations. We consider it symbolic that this year we have the honor to be chairing the CSTO and at the same time participate in the work of the UN Security Council. Kazakhstan is working closely on bringing the agendas of these organizations closer together. We are studying the scope of the peacekeeping potential of the CSTO in the interests of the UN. The roadmap for joint actions of the UN Secretary General and the CSTO on the development of peacekeeping activity was signed and implemented, we discussed these issues in detail with my counterparts, � Kairat Abdrakhmanov said.

This cooperation allows countries to more effectively combat terrorism. The Kazakh Foreign Minister stressed that, at Kazakhstan’s initiative, a draft joint statement is being developed, which will also be submitted to the Heads of the CSTO member-states, the meeting of whom will take place this fall.

The Secretary General of the Collective Security Treaty Organization Yuri Khachaturov recalled that since the beginning of the year there has been ongoing deliberate work to implement the decisions of the Council of CSTO Heads of State adopted in autumn 2017 in Minsk and the priorities proposed by Kazakhstan for the period of chairmanship in the organization.

The recently concluded meeting of the CSTO Foreign Ministers’ Council, in essence, summed up the interim results of this work; the current situation in the world and the tasks of our organization that derived from it were discussed, decisions were taken aimed at uniting the efforts of CSTO members to implement preventive diplomatic measures to neutralize negative trends in international relations, threats to stability and security. CSTO cooperation with the UN Secretariat in the peacekeeping sphere has become more active. A draft joint roadmap for creating the conditions for using the CSTO peacekeeping potential in the interests of the UN’s global peacekeeping anti-crisis activities from 2018 to 2020 is being discussed. In two weeks, the CSTO Deputy Secretary-General is traveling to New York for a meeting with the UN Deputy Secretary-General Mr. Lacroix, at this meeting we will finalize the road map, everything will be clear, � Yury Khachaturov explained.

Also at the meeting, the sides discussed and signed agreements on topical issues – the statement “On the situation around the INF Treaty”, “On the Action Plan for the Development of a Coordinated Information Policy in the Interests of the CSTO Member States”, On the Agreement on Cooperation of the CSTO Member States in Counteracting Illegal Migration.

The Foreign Ministers of the CSTO member-states adopted a joint statement on the 30th anniversary of the entry into force of the treaty on the elimination of medium and short-range missiles (INF). We reaffirm our full commitment to the treaty and urge all parties to maintain and comply with it. Practical documents have been agreed upon, the most important ones will be submitted to the Presidents at the CSTO summit, which will be held in Kazakhstan. The CSTO Foreign Ministers paid special attention to the issues of further institutional strengthening of the organization. A draft protocol on amending the legal status of the CSTO has been agreed upon. The framework of the Action Plan to Develop a Coordinated Information Policy in the Interests of CSTO Member States includes important areas – countering cyber security challenges, promoting the CSTO, strengthening the information and analytical work, � Kairat Abdrakhmanov said.

The next regular meeting of the CSTO Foreign Ministers Council will be held in the city of Astana in the fourth quarter of 2018, on the eve of the session of the Collective Security Council scheduled for November 8, 2018.

Source: Government of the Republic of Kazakhstan

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