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CSTO, OSCE heads satisfied with cooperation

MOSCOW, 8 November (BelTA) – CSTO Secretary General Nikolai Bordyuzha and OSCE Secretary General Lamberto Zannier are satisfied with the cooperation between the two organizations, Spokesman for the CSTO Vladimir Zainetdinov told BelTA.

Nikolai Bordyuzha and Lamberto Zannier met in Moscow on 7 November to discuss efforts to combat cross-border threats, terrorism and extremism, maintain stability and security, prevent and resolve conflicts in Eurasia. Top on the agenda was the situation in Afghanistan and implications of the forthcoming withdrawal of the International Security Assistance Force from the country in 2014.

The OSCE Secretary General said that he does expect dramatic changes after the Nato withdrawal from Afghanistan in 2014, although there are certain risks. “Now we are considering matters that could be included into the agenda. The OSCE has made a decision to assist Afghanistan in conducting the election campaign,” Lamberto Zannier said.

Nikolai Bordyuzha noted that the withdrawal of the International Security Assistance Force from Afghanistan in 2014 will be no disaster; however he expects that the withdrawal will have certain negative implications for the CSTO member states. “The CSTO heads of state adopted quite a few preventive measures. One of them is to help the border service of Tajikistan to enhance the security on the border with Afghanistan,” the Secretary General said. This decision was adopted at a session of the Collective Security Council in Sochi on 23 September.

During the meeting, Nikolai Bordyuzha and Lamberto Zannier agreed that the CSTO will take part in the training of border guards to be dispatched to the border of Afghanistan. The training takes place at the OSCE Border Management Staff College in Dushanbe. “We have agreed on the meeting of border experts and joint training of border guards for the border services of Central Asian countries at the OSCE Border Management Staff College in Dushanbe,” Nikolai Bordyuzha said.

The participants of the meeting expressed satisfaction with the results of the bilateral cooperation. “We are really glad to maintain regular contacts. My colleagues and I are happy that the information exchange between the organizations allows us to focus on the security matters,” Nikolai Bordyuzha said.

Lamberto Zannier stated that the CSTO and the OSCE complement each other. “We have to deal with the same challenges. We have recently exchanged written messages on security. I view this meeting as an opportunity to continue the dialogue,” the OSCE Secretary General noted.