CSTO Collective Security Council summit
Belarus is a consistent supporter of vigorous
cooperation within the framework of the Collective Security Treaty Organization,
supporter of more productive operation of the organization and of stronger
authority of the organization in the international scene, Belarus President
Alexander Lukashenko said as he opened the CSTO Collective Security Council
session in Minsk on 30 November.
The presidents discussed the development trends of the
international situation and its influence on the situation in the CSTO zone,
shared opinions on the efficiency of measures taken to ensure collective
The Belarus president
praised the affinity of views of the parties on the modern threats the CSTO
member states face and on whether the chosen strategy for minimizing them is
effective or not.
“We have been working
persistently together to increase the international authority of the Collective
Security Treaty Organization, expand the number of its supporters, and develop
the most important forms of foreign policy coordination,” stated Alexander
In his words, the
organization has managed to formalize in concepts the common approaches to
information security and upgrade the basic components of the crisis response
system to match cutting-edge technical requirements. Concrete steps have been
made to enable conditions for using the peacekeeping potential.
Apart from that, the foundation for
legislating partnership between the Collective Security Treaty Organization and
international organizations and third countries has been prepared.
“On the whole, a lot has been done in the
jubilee year of 2017. I am convinced that future joint actions to make the CSTO
stronger will continue in a steady, persistent, and dynamic manner. It is
necessary to keep this work within sight of the general public in our countries
and abroad,” stressed the Belarusian leader.
Belarus expects that all the previously advanced initiatives will
be expanded and creatively developed after Kazakhstan takes over the CSTO
high-level plenary meeting the sides signed more than two dozen documents on the
agenda of the summit. These included the declaration on the 25th anniversary of
the Collective Security Treaty and the 15th
anniversary of the
Collective Security Treaty Organization.