NATO didn’t offer Kazakhstan part in Afghanistan operation – KazakhDefense Ministry

ASTANA.  May  15 (Interfax)

NATO didn't offer Kazakhstan part in Afghanistan operationKazakhstan has not received from NATO an offer  to joint the coalition in the operation in Afghanistan, Kazakh Defense Minister Danial Akhmetov told Interfax on Friday.

When  asked  what  decision Kazakhstan would make should it receive such an  offer,  the  minister  said, “The decision will comply with the principles of the Collective Security Treaty Organization.”

Kazakhstan   is   a   member  of  the  Collective  Security  Treaty Organization   (CSTO).  CSTO  comprises  Armenia,  Belarus,  Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan.

Interfax  earlier  reported,  citing  the  NATO secretary-general’s special envoy on the Caucasus and Central Asia Robert Simmons, that NATO had invited  Kazakh  peacekeepers  to  take  part  in  the rebuilding of

Afghanistan.

During his meeting with Kazakh journalists in the NATO headquarters in April,  Simmons said Kazakh peacekeepers could be sent to Afghanistan and appropriate  documents  had  been  developed  by  NATO and passed to

Kazakhstan.  Simmons  then  said  Kazakh peacekeepers would take part in peacekeeping   operations   conducted  by  NATO  in  Afghanistan  if  an appropriate agreement was reached.

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