On the instruction of the Head of State, Kazakh Prime Minister Serik Akhmetov has attended the meeting of the CSTO Collective Security Council in Sochi today.

Heads of state of Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Belarus, Tajikistan, Armenia arrived in Sochi to attend this meeting.

President of Kyrgyzstan Almazbek Atambayev (Chairman of the Collective Security Council in 2013) announced that the Council chairmanship passed to President of Russia Vladimir Putin.

On behalf of Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev, Prime Minister Serik Akhmetov expressed gratitude to the President of Kyrgyzstan for the successful work as CSTO Collective Security Council Chair and wished success to the next Chairman, President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin.

The meeting discussed the strengthening of security in the CSTO member states, the situation in Syria, and listened to the information of CSTO Secretary General N. Bordyuzha on the results of the inspection of the Tajik-Afghan border.

The meeting participants agreed on enhancing protection of the Tajik-Afghan border and providing military and technical assistance to the armed forces of Tajikistan.

During the Collective Security Council’s meeting in narrow format Prime Minister Serik Akhmetov said that "the growing instability in Afghanistan, activation of the movement "Taliban" make us think and prepare for a possible negative development of the situation in Central Asia after 2014."

"Strengthening the Tajik-Afghan border is vital for the CSTO. Kazakhstan supports the adoption of today's decision on this issue," he said.

The Prime Minister announced the position of Kazakhstan on the situation around Syria.

"We support the adoption of the Declaration on the situation in Syria and around it. We believe that the decision of the Syrian authorities on the transfer of chemical weapons under international control would be a prerequisite for a real solution to the conflict in Syria. In this context, the Geneva II conference gives a great opportunity to end the violence and determine the political future of Syria through dialogue and reconciliation," Akhmetov emphasized.

A number of CSC documents and a joint communique were signed at the end of the session.

The next session of the Collective Security Council will be held in the second half of 2014 in Moscow.

Published: 23 September 2013

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