NEWS AND EVENTS
December 12, 2010
Issues of security and cooperation considered
President of Uzbekistan Islam Karimov participated in the sessions of the Collective Security Council of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) and the CIS Heads of States Council in Moscow on 10 December.
At the CSTO Collective Security Council, held in Kremlin, Presidents of the member states discussed issues of cooperation within the organization in strengthening security, preventing international terrorism, extremism, drug trafficking and transnational organized crime.
They considered development of relations in creating the collective security system and enhancing information security. The leaders also exchanged views on the events that took place in June in the south of Kyrgyzstan.
The Presidents discussed the documents on quick prevention of common threats to CSTO member states. In particular, they considered the CSTO actions in emergency situations that represent threat to security. They also touched upon issues of prevention of threats to security.
President of Uzbekistan said the main purpose of the CSTO was primarily to protect member states from external threats. Any kind of participation of the organization in various violent actions within the country is unacceptable – this is Uzbekistan’s principal position, Islam Karimov stressed.
Violent actions within the countries may happen according to various internal scenarios or with direct participation and financing of the external forces. The focus should be on identifying the organizers of the events, and only then any decisions should be made.
The events in the south of Kyrgyzstan on 10-14 June 2010 have taught us a lot, the head of the state said. During those tragic days, over 100,000 refugees had to be provided with shelter, medicaments, food and other urgent needs.
At the same time, there was a task to ensure security of Ferghana Valley of Uzbekistan, which is the country’s densely populated and multinational region, as well as manage control of the situation on the border. Otherwise it would be hard to avoid larger bloodshed.
There have been many examples in the history of the Commonwealth of Independent States, too. Azerbaijan and Armenia have for more than 20 years been unable to agree on the ways of peaceful settlement of the Karabakh problem.
In Islam Karimov’s opinion, the CSTO as an important regional organization should firstly identify the reasons of the problem and the potential organizers, give an evaluation of the consequences of the actions and make correct conclusions before taking any measures in relation to an emergency situation.
At the session, the CSTO presidents also considered organizational issues related to the activity of the organization.
The CIS Heads of States Council session took place after the CSTO meeting. The presidents of the CIS member countries discussed issues of development of the Commonwealth and improvement of its bodies.
The leaders also exchanged views on the important problems of regional and international character.
UzA News Agency