• The Collective Security Organization includes Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia and Tajikistan (Agentstvo Voyennykh Novostey, 19 Dec 03).


Agentstvo Voyennykh Novostey, 29 Apr 03
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MOSCOW. April 29 (Interfax-AVN) - The military headquarters of the Collective Security Treaty Organization is not an alternative to the CIS Military Cooperation Coordination Headquarters, Lieutenant General Vasily Zavgorodniy, head of the working group of military coordinators in the Collective Security Council administration, said on Tuesday.

"The main goals of the Collective Security Treaty Organization are to ensure management of the Collective Quick-Deployment Forces in Central Asia and forces on other collective security theaters, and to combat international terrorism, drug trafficking, etc. The CIS Military Cooperation Coordination Headquarters mostly coordinates military activity of the Armed Forces of the CIS member nations, so we are not competitors," Zavgorodniy told Interfax-Military News Agency.

The Dushanbe summit of the Collective Security Treaty member nations made a decision on the main components of the military headquarters on Monday, he said. "A package of documents regulating the work of the headquarters was passed, its structure, functions and establishment were determined. The headquarters will consist of 55 officers," he stressed.

The military headquarters will be situated in Moscow, Zavgorodniy went on. "The headquarters starts functioning on January 1, 2004. The chief of the headquarters is not yet appointed," he added.

The Charter of the Collective Security Treaty Organization was signed in Chisinau on October 7, 2002. The charter was ratified by the State Duma lower house of Russian parliament on April 25.

The presidents of the countries in the Collective Security Treaty Organization appointed Nikolai Bordyuzha secretary general of the organization and adopted a political statement on Monday.

The statement expresses the collective opinion on the geopolitical situation emerging in the world and confirms the readiness of the member-countries to contribute to the strengthening of regional and international security.

It confirms the need to strengthen foreign-policy interaction and military-political cooperation between the member-countries.

The statement says the military headquarters of the organization is to be set up by January 1, 2004