Lukashenka calls for greater emphasis on CSTO`s military dimension

It is necessary to build up the Organization`s high mobility special units, rapid response and rapid deployment forces, as well as peacekeeping personnel, said Mr. Lukashenka.

 

Alyaksandr Lukashenka called on the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) to place a greater emphasis on its military dimension as he was speaking at a meeting held by the CSTO’s Collective Security Council in Moscow on Tuesday, said the presidential press office.

Alyaksandr LukashenkaIt is necessary to build up the Organization`s high mobility special units, rapid response and rapid deployment forces, as well as peacekeeping personnel, said Mr. Lukashenka.

The Belarusian leader also noted the importance of efforts to protect better the CSTO member countries against terrorism, drug trafficking, illegal migration and “information challenges.”

A series of measures should be taken to give a boost to the Organization, he stressed.

Belarus has always been an advocate of stronger supranational institutions within the CSTO that could ensure the safety and security of all participating states to an equal degree, said Mr. Lukashenka.

“We are interested in a constructive dialogue with international organizations, including the UN, the OSCE and NATO, and the peaceful settlement of conflicts. But we are against hollow rhetoric," he said. Cooperation aimed at achieving specific and tangible results is our priority.”

He said that Belarus wanted the CSTO to cooperate more closely with political and economic alliances, especially those in the post-Soviet region.

The Organization should also integrate into the modern architecture of global and regional security, Mr. Lukashenka suggested. “To successfully implement its objectives, the CSTO should not remain in its shell. Not a single regional organization is capable of counteracting modern challenges on its own in the 21st century. A dialogue, partnership relations based on equality, and joint projects and programs with other organizations and countries are a passport to a successful response to transnational threats.”

He praised the unity, which he said the member countries had cemented since the establishment of the CSTO. “Our common stances on issues topping the international agenda tell clearly the world that we are united today,” he said.

The heads of all CSTO member states attended the Organization`s 10th anniversary meeting, including Vladimir Putin of Russia, Nursultan Nazarbayev of Kazakhstan, Serzh Sargsyan of Armenia, Emomali Rahmon of Tajikistan, Almazbek Atambayev of Kyrgyzstan and Islam Karimov of Uzbekistan.

The CSTO leaders adopted a statement, vowing to coordinate positions on international security issues and expressing concern about external military interference in foreign conflicts, which they said had become common. //BelaPAN