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CSTO peacekeeping potential offered for UN missions

Politics 12.12.2017 | 16:28

MOSCOW, 12 December (BelTA) – The peacemaking potential of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) can be utilized as part of various UN missions in the future. The idea was discussed as CSTO Deputy Secretary General Valery Semerikov met with UN Under-Secretary-General, Director of the UN Peacekeeping Operations Department Jean-Pierre Lacroix in Moscow on 12 December, BelTA has learned.

Bearing in mind the positive experience of joint work, the sides focused on discussing prospects of using the CSTO's peacekeeping resources as part of various UN missions. The sides also discussed the implementation of the relevant roadmap, the establishment of a permanently available police contingent as part of the CSTO peacekeeping forces, and the participation of UN representatives in the CSTO annual peacemaking exercises Unbreakable Brotherhood.

Valery Semerikov said that the CSTO has always been in favor of bolstering the UN role in international affairs, in favor of increasing the organization's role in the resolution of conflicts, including in international peacemaking efforts. This is why building up cooperation with the UN in peacekeeping affairs is a key guideline for the Collective Security Treaty Organization in the long term. The guideline is part of the organization's strategy, which was approved by the CSTO presidents last year.

In turn, Jean-Pierre Lacroix underlined that as the UN under-secretary-general for peacekeeping operations he will do his utmost to advance UN-CSTO relations to a new level, ensuring continuity of the partnership that has evolved between the CSTO Secretariat and the UN Peacekeeping Operations Department in the last few years.

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