President Nazarbayev attends CSTO meeting in Moscow

Member states agree 2013 priorities. President Nazarbayev attended a meeting of Heads of State of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) in Moscow on December 19.

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The leaders of six member states (Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan) discussed a range of international issues and paid particular attention to the situation in Afghanistan and measures to counter threats emanating from its territory. They also reviewed the activities of the CSTO in 2012 and set a number of tasks for 2013.

The six leaders agreed to strengthen and develop the Organization’s military component as well as its system of collective response to emergency situations. They also took the decision to suspend Uzbekistan’s membership of the Organization after a request from the Government of Uzbekistan received in June.

Opening the meeting, President Putin thanked President Nazarbayev for Kazakhstan’s effective and productive Chairmanship of the Organization in 2012.

The leaders discussed the outlook for Afghanistan up to 2015.

President Nazarbayev noted that in Central Asia the CSTO’s plans are being implemented in the areas of counter-narcotics, strengthening of the Organization’s operational response forces and a common air defense system.

The leaders also discussed the issue of deepening the CSTO’s cooperation with international organizations. President Nazarbayev noted Kazakhstan’s support for the priority of international law in resolving disputes and continued coordination of the CSTO’s work with the United Nations and other international organizations.

The President noted that the strengthening of the CSTO’s ability to respond to emergency situations had been a priority of Kazakhstan’s Chairmanship and that the training area of Kazakhstan’s Ministry of Emergency Situations would be made available to help develop joint actions.

A total of 18 documents were signed at the meeting.

The Chairmanship of the CSTO in 2013 passes to Kyrgyzstan.

During his visit to Moscow, President Nazarbayev also attended a Heads of State meeting of the Eurasian Economic Union (comprising Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia and Tajikistan) as well as a session of the Higher Eurasian Economic Council (comprising Belarus, Kazakhstan and Russia).

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