CSTO foreign ministers to discuss international security in Astana


CSTO foreign ministers to discuss international security in AstanaMinister of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan Yerzhan Kazykhanov will chair an extraordinary meeting of the CSTO Council of Foreign Ministers on April 6 in Astana.

The foreign ministers will discuss the draft agenda of the jubilee session of the Collective Security Council, which will be dedicated to the 20th anniversary of the signing of the Collective Security Treaty and the 10th anniversary of the Collective Security Treaty Organization. The meeting will be attended by CSTO Secretary General Nikolai Bordyuzha, press secretary of the organization Vladimir Zaynetdinov said.

The meeting will discuss issues relating to fundamental positions of CSTO member states on important 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 consider the growing problem of countering threats and challenges emanating from Afghanistan in connection with the transfer of responsibility for the security of the country to the security forces of Afghanistan. Among them – the problem of strengthening the borders of Tajikistan, as well as the organization of the transit of goods of the International Security Assistance Force.

During the meeting, it is expected to assess the situation in connection with the worsening situation in the Middle East, Western Asia and North Africa (the events in Syria, the Iranian nuclear program, the situation in Pakistan, etc.)

CSTO Secretary General will report on the status of cooperation and coordination of foreign policy objectives of the organization’s member states. The foreign ministers will outline the agreed approaches to the issue of placement of U.S. missile defenses in Europe and will consider a draft decision on the plan of consultation of representatives of CSTO member states on foreign policy in the second half of 2012 – the first half of 2013.