Kazakh head of state summarized Kazakhstan's chairmanship of CSTO
The Kazakh President wished Kyrgyzstan fruitful work as the Organization's upcoming Chair.
President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev expressed appreciation to delegates of the CSTO member states. Kazakhstan considers the CSTO as an authoritative and effective structure fully and universally supported by the Organization's member states. The Kazakh President underlined that Kazakhstan's priorities were reached during its chairmanship this year, BNews.kz correspondent reports.
"Firstly, in the military sphere, we completed the planned reformation of the CSTO headquarters, as well as preparations for the full functioning of the CSTO crisis response center is nearing completion, which was created to expand opportunities for detecting potential threats to our security. The Boevoye bratstvo 2018 training with a Collective Rapid Reaction Force troop and the CSTO peacekeeping battalion was held in Kyrgyzstan.
Secondly, During the CSTO interstate commission on military and technical cooperation held in Almaty, a Coordinating Board to standardize armaments and military equipment was established, in which Deputy Chairman of the Russian government Yuri Borisov was appointed as the Board's Chairman. In this connection, we hope to update industrial cooperation between the defense industries of our states.
Thirdly, within the 73rd session of the General Assembly, Kazakhstan's initiative to adopt a universal conduct code to achieve a world free of terrorism was reached. As of today, over 70 countries have joint the code. Taking the opportunity, I thank the CSTO members that backed our initiative.
Fourthly, we continued joint work in combatting modern cyber threats. In the present year, Astana has adopted a regulation of information links to increase the effectiveness of coordination, response to cyber events.
Fifth, the CSTO focuses on the fight against illegal drug trafficking. Over the last period, two operations called Kanal were held, within which the Kanal - Krasnyi barkhan international anti-drug operation took place in Southern Kazakhstan. Representatives from Iran, China, the OSCE, Eurasian group to eliminate legalization of funds, the UN Office on Drugs, Crime, Interpol and other organizations observed the oprations. During the first part of the CSTO Council held in a smaller membership, we held a thorough exchange of views on the CSTO's activities and the ensuring of international and regional security," said the head of state.
The Collective Security Council includes the CSTO member states: Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, and Tajikistan. Currently, the Organization is chaired by Kazakhstan.
It is expected that an Action Plan to develop a coordinated information policy in the interest of the CSTO member state and a Plan for development of a collective system against illicit migration until 2025 will be concluded.