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8 Nov 2018

Lukashenko off to Astana for CSTO summit

Lukashenko off to Astana for CSTO summit

MINSK, 8 November (BelTA) – Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko has gone on a working trip to Kazakhstan where he will take part in a session of the Collective Security Council of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO). The airplane of the Belarusian leader left National Airport Minsk, BelTA has learned.

“The agenda will include issues of international and regional security, coordination of foreign policy of the CSTO member states, the organization’s current and projected activities, including personnel matters, organizational and financial issues,” BelTA learned from the press service of the Belarusian leader a day before.

The heads of state of the CSTO participating countries will hold an expanded-participation session and a meeting in reduced format. The summit will conclude with signing a number of international documents.

The session of the Collective Security Council will be preceded by meetings of the CSTO Foreign Ministers Council, the CSTO Defense Ministers Council and the CSTO Committee of Security Councils’ Secretaries.

According to the official website of the organization, the participants of the summit are to adopt a declaration reaffirming their commitment to coordinating foreign policy and working towards the organization’s goals to strengthen peace and create favorable conditions for all-round development of the participating states.

The agenda of the session also includes a draft statement by the heads of CSTO member states on coordinated measures against individuals who participated in armed conflicts on the side of international terrorist organizations.

Members of the Collective Security Council are to study draft decisions on the legalization of an observer status with the Collective Security Treaty Organization and a partner status at the Collective Security Treaty Organization as well as a decision on the status of the crisis response center of the Collective Security Treaty Organization; this document sets forth the tasks and functions of the center and spells out organizational and legal aspects of its activities.

Participants of the session will also discuss appointment of Russia’s Deputy Prime Minister Yuri Borisov Chairman of the CSTO Interstate Commission for Military and Economic Cooperation.

Participants of the meeting are set to sign a plan of action to develop a coordinated information policy in the interests of the CSTO member states and a plan to develop a collective system to counter illegal migration through 2025.

The session will also highlight issues related to further improvement of the military component of the organization and a draft regulation on the coordination council of the heads of the competent authorities to counteract illegal drug trafficking in the CSTO zone.

The Collective Security Council is to take a decision on financial support of the organization’s agencies in 2019.

Obviously, the participants of the summit will also discuss candidates for the position of the CSTO Secretary General after Armenia’s representative Yuri Khachaturov was released of his duties.

The Collective Security Council is composed of the presidents of the CSTO member states: Belarus, Armenia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia and Tajikistan. Kazakhstan presides in the organization now. Armenia will be represented by Acting Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan.

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