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CSTO calls all Afghan ethno-confessional groups to refrain from armed confrontation

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DUSHANBE: In Dushanbe on Wednesday, under the chairmanship of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Tajikistan, Sirojiddin Mukhriddin, a joint meeting of the Council of Foreign Ministers, the Council of Defense Ministers and the Committee of Secretaries of Security Councils was held. The meeting was attended by the Secretary General of the CSTO Stanislav Zas.

During the meeting, the heads of the Foreign Ministry, Defense Ministries and Security Councils discussed and approved the Agenda for tomorrow (September 16, 2021) meeting of the Collective Security Council and discussed in detail the military-political situation in the CSTO collective security regions, its impact on the security of the Organization’s member states and activities Organizations in the intersessional period. 

CSTO Secretary General Stanislav Zas, following the meeting, informed the media about its results.

He noted that the situation along almost the entire perimeter of the borders of the CSTO member states remains difficult. The situation in Afghanistan is especially worrisome. The participants in the joint meeting discussed the state of affairs on the Tajik-Afghan border. “Today the situation there is unfavorable, but Tajik border guards and law enforcement agencies fully control the borders of the country. Therefore, all the CSTO member states are unanimous and once again reaffirmed a common position: in the event of an aggravation of the situation on the southern borders of the CSTO, Tajikistan will be provided with all the necessary military and military-technical assistance. Tomorrow, during the meeting of the CSTO, the relevant proposals on preventing possible threats from Afghanistan will be considered in detail, which were worked out following the results of the extraordinary session of the CSTO CSTO on August 23, held in the videoconference mode, “

The CSTO Secretary General said that the coordination of the CSTO member states in foreign policy issues was substantively discussed. “One of the most important tools for such coordination is the adoption of joint statements. During the current joint meeting of the Ministerial Council of Foreign Ministers, CMO and CSSC, 5 such statements were adopted, ”he said . It:

Joint statement of the CSTO member states “On the situation in Afghanistan.” It calls on all Afghan ethno-confessional groups to refrain from armed confrontation, take the necessary measures to normalize the situation, save the lives of civilians, restore peace, economic development, and eradicate terrorism and drug-related crime in Afghanistan in all their forms and manifestations.

The CSTO member states also call for the suppression of any security threats emanating from the territory of Afghanistan and reaffirm their determination to use the resources available to the CSTO to ensure the security of its member states.

Along with this, the document calls on the international community to expand humanitarian assistance to the Afghan population, confirms the intention of the CSTO member states to assist Afghanistan in becoming a peaceful, stable, prosperous country free of terrorism, war and drugs, and readiness to participate in international efforts to stabilize and the development of Afghanistan with the central coordinating role of the UN.

Joint statement of the ministers of foreign affairs of the member states of the Collective Security Treaty Organization “On reaffirming adherence to the principles of the UN Charter and strengthening cooperation to ensure their strict observance.” – In this document, the CSTO member states note that the principles of international law are the basis of equal international relations, resolutely rejecting the unilateral interpretation and selective application of the principles of international law, and also confirm the main responsibility of the UN Security Council for maintaining international peace and security.

We fully support the principle that states refrain from the threat or use of force in violation of the UN Charter. They declare that the priority in achieving the goals of strengthening peace, international and regional security should be given to political means.

Express serious concern about the continuing incidents of imposition of unilateral coercive measures that are not based on international law, including economic measures (sanctions), which inter alia hinder the efforts of the most vulnerable countries to combat the coronavirus pandemic and overcome its socio-economic consequences, and reiterate their support for the call of the General Secretary of the United Nations to suspend such restrictions.

Statement by the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the CSTO member states on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the CIS and the 20th anniversary of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, in which the heads of the foreign affairs agencies highly appreciate the activities of the Commonwealth of Independent States and the Shanghai Cooperation Organization and note the relevance of the Agreement on the establishment of the Commonwealth of Independent States signed 30 years ago States and the Alma-Ata Declaration, which are based on the principles of equal political dialogue, mutual trust, consideration of each other’s interests and recognition of the right of the participating States to choose their own development model.

We also state that 20 years after its founding, the Shanghai Cooperation Organization is a significant participant in the modern system of international relations, which is increasing its contribution to ensuring peace and security, settling international and regional conflicts, based on the goals and principles enshrined in the UN Charter.

Statement by the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the member states of the Collective Security Treaty Organization

on collective efforts to resolve crisis situations

in the Middle East and North Africa. – The document expresses concern over the ongoing conflicts and crises in the Middle East and North Africa, which remain a source of challenges and threats to regional and international stability and security, including for the CSTO member states.

The Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the member states of the Collective Security Treaty Organization signed a Statement on the coordination of joint efforts in the field of information security, including countering the use of information and communication technologies for terrorist and other criminal purposes. The Statement emphasizes that the cross-border nature of modern challenges and threats in the field of ICT dictates the need to strengthen the coordination of further joint measures in the fight against the use of ICT for terrorist and other criminal purposes. In this regard, the CSTO member states call for close cooperation, ”said the CSTO Secretary General.

He also informed that, taking into account modern realities in the field of biological security, the decision of the Committee of Secretaries of Security Councils of the Collective Security Treaty Organization “On the Coordination Council of the authorized bodies of the member states of the Collective Security Treaty Organization on biological security issues” was adopted.  The document was signed proceeding from the need to create practical conditions for the consolidation of the efforts of the authorized bodies of the member states of the Collective Security Treaty Organization on issues of ensuring biosafety. 

A large block of documents was also signed in the field of personnel training for the armed forces of the CSTO member states.

So, in order to improve the system of joint training of military personnel and scientific work, the Plan was approved to improve the system of joint training of military personnel for the armed forces of the CSTO member states for the period until 2025. The document was developed to further implement the provisions of the Concept for the development of a system of joint training of military personnel for the armed forces of the CSTO member states for the period until 2020.

The Council of Defense Ministers of the Collective Security Treaty Organization approved the composition of the Working Group under the Council of Defense Ministers of the Collective Security Treaty Organization to coordinate joint training of military personnel and scientific work. 

The CMO signed a decision on giving the status of a basic educational and methodological organization for medical support of the armed forces of the CSTO member states and the Troops (Collective Forces) of the CSTO, as well as training military personnel in medical and pharmaceutical specialties of the S.M. Kirov Military Medical Academy of the Ministry of Defense Russian Federation in St. Petersburg.

Taking into account that the chairmanship of the CSTO in 2021-2022 passes to the Republic of Armenia, the Armenian side informed about the country’s priorities for the period of the chairmanship in our Organization.

The next regular meetings of the Council of Foreign Ministers, Council of Defense Ministers, Committee of Secretaries of CSTO Security Councils will be held in the first half of 2022 in the Republic of Armenia. A separate protocol decision was adopted on this matter.

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