CSTO Security Heads Meet in Yerevan

YEREVAN (Armenpress)–Top security officials from the Collective Security Treaty Organization’s member states arrived in Yerevan on Wednesday to participate in a CSTO session of Security Council Secretaries.

The Security Council Secretaries of Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan, Russia and Uzbekistan met with Armenian President Serzh Sarkisian before attending the CSTO session. Armenia will take on the presidency of the CSTO during its Summit in Moscow Friday.

According to the president’s press office, Sarkisian told the visiting security heads that he is pleased with the level of partnership within the framework of CSTO and the importance of cooperation over threats of foreign aggression, drug trafficking, illegal migration, and terrorism require a formal approach. Sarkisian said that Armenia will focus on increasing the CSTO’s efficiency during its presidency of the military alliance.

Armenia’s Security Council Secretary, Arthur Baghdasarian, presided over the CSTO session, which discussed the political-military situations in each of the CSTO member states and the development of programs aimed at increasing military efficiency. The developmen’s in Georgia and South Ossetia also topped the agenda.

Moscow is expected to push for the recognition of the two Georgian breakaway republics during Friday’s meeting in Moscow. Preparations for the summit were discussed in Yerevan during Wednesday’s session.

Armenia will assume the CSTO’s rotating presidency during the gathering. According to Sarkisian, it will seek to “boost the effectiveness” of the alliance.

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