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Turkmenistan and NATO hold forum on regional peace and stability


06 Mar. 2015 by NATO


Experts from five Central Asian states and Afghanistan gathered in Ashgabat for a NATO-sponsored regional conference on “Peace and Stability in Central Asia and Afghanistan: A View from Neutral Turkmenistan” on 2 and 3 March 2015.


This high-level event, organised jointly by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan and the office of the NATO Liaison Officer in Central Asia, was unprecedented in the history of Turkmenistan's partnership with the Alliance.


It was the fourth in a series of NATO-sponsored events marking the 20th anniversary of the Partnership for Peace programme in the Central Asian partner states. Moreover, it was included in Turkmenistan's official programme of events celebrating the "Year of Neutrality and Peace" on the 20th anniversary of the United Nations General Assembly Resolution recognising the country's neutrality.


Turkmenistan's Deputy Foreign Minister Berdyniyaz Myatiev opened the event, while the NATO Secretary General's Special Representative for the Caucasus and Central Asia, James Appathurai, addressed participants by video link from NATO Headquarters.


Turkmen participants included officials and experts from a wide range of institutions, including the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Defence, Ministry of Interior, Prosecutor-General's Office, the Institute of State and Law under the President of Turkmenistan, the Institute of International Relations and the International University of Humanities.


Experts from Afghanistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and the United States, and representatives of the United Nations Regional Centre for Preventive Diplomacy for Central Asia, the United Nations Development Programme, the European Union, and the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe, also spoke at the event.


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25 septembre 2013 3 25 /09 /septembre /2013 07:40
CSTO to Help Tajikistan Reinforce Borders – Putin

Russian President Vladimir Putin and CSTO Secretary General Nikolai Bordyuzha speak to the press after a CSTO Council meeting, Sochi, September 23, 2013


SOCHI, September 24 (RIA Novosti)


Members of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO), a military alliance of former Soviet states, will develop an interstate program to help Tajikistan strengthen its border with Afghanistan, Russian President Vladimir Putin has said.


“We will take into account all possible development scenarios, take preventive measures, and provide additional collective assistance to Tajikistan to reinforce its national border with Afghanistan,” Putin told journalists Monday after a CSTO Council meeting.


“We agreed to draft a targeted interstate program for equipping this section of the border,” he said, in line with a translation of his speech posted on the Kremlin website.


CSTO Secretary General Nikolai Bordyuzha said Monday CSTO members would provide Tajikistan with armaments and military hardware for free to help the country guard its border with Afghanistan.


The CSTO Council, the organization’s supreme ruling body comprising leaders of the six member states, gathered in the Russian Black Sea resort city of Sochi. Kyrgyzstan handed over the CSTO presidency to Russia for next year.


“We discussed the situation in Afghanistan in light of the international coalition’s troop withdrawal planned for 2014. Unfortunately, there is reason to expect a considerable rise in Afghan drug trafficking activity and in terrorist groups’ activeness,” Putin said, according to the translation.


He added that “extremists are already attempting to spread their activity into neighboring countries, including the Central Asian countries that are CSTO members.”


Putin earlier on Monday named Russia’s priorities during its presidency in the CSTO.


“We think it important to reinforce the external borders in the CSTO’s region of responsibility. We need to improve our practical action mechanisms for minimizing risks for each of the CSTO member countries,” he told the meeting’s participants.


He mentioned at an earlier meeting on Monday with presidents of CSTO member states - Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan - that the unpredictable development of the situation in Afghanistan after the planned 2014 withdrawal of foreign military forces from that country could pose a major threat to its neighbors.


Putin emphasized further development of military cooperation and strengthening of the CSTO’s rapid-reaction force in light of future peacekeeping missions and the fight against drug-trafficking in the region.


The priority tasks will also include improved cooperation with the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) - another regional player comprising former Soviet republics and China - as well as better coordination of security efforts in Central Asia and worldwide under the aegis of the United Nations, he said.

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