CIS Official Recognizes Significance of Collective Security Council Summit

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–CIS Collective Security Council Secretary General Valery Nikolayenko arrived in Yerevan on Tuesday to attend the summit of members of the collective security treaty. Nikolayenko said that the summit is an important step toward military-political integration. He also announced that important documen’s will be signed at the summit.

Nikolayenko mentioned a document which would create a rapid response force for Central Asia–taking into consideration the current situation there. Also crucial is the formation of a collective security agreement–which would combine Armenian–Belarussian–and Central Asian forces. Nikolayenko said that a document would be signed based on the foundation of agreemen’s signed between Russia and Armenia. He stressed the need to create a collective air defense system.

The collective security force would also take into account "hot spots" such as Afghanistan.

Nikolayenko stated that all collective security documen’s are of a defensive nature and are not directed toward any countries since the CIS is a political structure.

The Kocharian-Putin meeting was also touched upon by Nikolayenko. Details on the latest developmen’s of the Karabakh conflict will be discussed between the two presidents on the sidelines of the Yerevan CIS Collective Security Council Summit. Nikolayenko said that although the collective security agreement does not specifically deal with the Karabakh conflict–the CIS welcomes all positive steps taken in resolving the conflict. The CIS official expressed hope that Armenian-Azeri dialogue will result in the strengthening of trust between the two sides so that the conflict may be resolved. He concluded by saying that the Key West talks helped bring about more optimism regarding the resolution of the conflict.

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