Human Rights Issues in Eurasia / Правовые Вопросы В Регионах Евразии

UN to sign cooperation deal with post-Soviet security group

Posted by Info on 14/10/2009

The Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) expects to sign a deal with the UN that would allow for joint peacekeeping and counter-terrorism operations.

Headquartered in Moscow, the CSTO, a post-Soviet regional security grouping, comprises Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan.

The document cited by the Kommersant paper is similar to a deal that the UN and NATO signed last year.

According to the draft project, the UN and the CSTO are set to jointly counter “the new challenges and threats that the international community faces,” including terrorism, transnational crime, drug and arms trafficking.

CSTO was founded on October 7, 2002 and register with the  UN in 2003.

Main objectives are ensuring peace, preserving the territorial integrity of member countries, coordinating activities in the fight against international terrorism, drug trafficking, and organized international crime, and providing immediate military assistance to a CSTO member in the event of a military threat.

Some experts say the CSTO was created to prevent NATO’s further eastward expansion and keep some CIS countries under Russia’s military protection. CSTO has a Collective Rapid Reaction Force with 1,500 military personnel deployed in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and Tajikistan.

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