DUSHANBE, 16 September (BelTA) – Leaders of the Collective Security Treaty Organization member states signed a package of documents as a result of the organization's summit held in Dushanbe, Tajikistan on 16 September, BelTA has learned.
According to Secretary General of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) Stanislav Zas, during the summit the CSTO leaders had to look into 14 documents that had been reconciled and prepared for signing. Those included a CSTO Collective Security Council declaration and an agreement on jurisdiction and legal aid in cases relating to the temporary presence of collective security forces in territories of the CSTO member states.
The CSTO leaders also signed an agreement on the joint logistics and medical support for CSTO troops, a CSTO Collective Security Council resolution on equipping the CSTO collective rapid response forces with modern weapons, military and special hardware. Two documents were signed to bolster the peacekeeping potential: a protocol on amending the CSTO agreement on peacemaking activities of 6 October 2007 and the CSTO Collective Security Council resolution on the CSTO secretary general's special representative for peacekeeping affairs.
The CSTO leaders also reviewed a number of documents concerning the organization's human resources, military cooperation and military technology cooperation, legal, financial, and economic activities.
Armenia will take over the CSTO presidency next year. This is why during the summit Armenia Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan talked about priority directions in the organization's work in 2022.
Nikol Pashinyan said: “We believe it is necessary to continue deepening foreign policy coordination and mutual support for the sake of working out coordinated approaches to the international and regional affairs that affect interests of the CSTO member states. With this in mind we attach great importance to the organization of regular consultations at various levels, including as part of the high-level group, which includes deputy ministers of foreign affairs and defense.”
Nikol Pashinyan said the practice of making joint statements had proven its worth and should be expanded. “The logic of development of the situation in various collective security regions has vividly demonstrated the need to update crisis response procedures. It is obvious that we need to constantly monitor, forecast, and prevent crisis situations. In practice it will be manifested as a fully operational crisis response center among other things,” the prime minister of Armenia stated.
In his words, Armenia intends to closely cooperate with the CSTO member states for the sake of bolstering combat readiness, combat training, cohesion and mobility of the CSTO forces. He is also convinced it is necessary to modernize and build up the potential of the CSTO collective rapid response forces with modern and new solutions, equip them with modern training systems, and improve their command capabilities. “Further improvement of measures and mechanisms designed to increase the effectiveness of the fight against terrorism, extremism, ensure information security, fight against drugs, illegal migration, and human trafficking will be important for our organization,” he added.
Nikol Pashinyan also suggested taking steps to bolster international respect for the Collective Security Treaty Organization, including by expanding interaction with other international organizations such as the United Nations Organization and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe.
Apart from that, two important anniversaries will be marked next year – the 30th anniversary of the signing of the Collective Security Treaty and the 20th anniversary of the establishment of the Collective Security Treaty Organization. A number of events will be held to mark these anniversaries.