CSTO Collective Security Council to hold session in early September

A session of the Collective Security Council of the Collective Security Treaty Organisation (CSTO) will focus on the urgent issues, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Kyrgyzstan to Belarus Lidia Imanalieva told a press conference in Minsk on August 27.

"The events in the Caucasus have prompted turning the eyes to the CSTO. The main issue on the agenda will be how to build the relations in the light of the recent developments," Lidia Imanalieva said.

The summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation opens on August 28. "Ten heads of state will gather in Dushanbe to discuss Russia’s recognition of independence of South Ossetia and Abkhazia. We will also learn about the reaction of the SCO member states of to this issue," the diplomat said.

"Belarus is not a member of the organization so far. I am saying "so far" as Kyrgyzstan actively supports Belarus’ interests in the SCO. When the initiative to give a status of observer to Belarus was voiced, Kyrgyzstan was one of the first to support it. I believe it is a matter of time. Today the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation has sort of frozen the membership focusing more on the quality of the work. The SCO includes six member states and four observer states. The observers are the countries sharing the border with the SCO member states." Belarus and Kyrgyzstan have common positions on many urgent international issues, the diplomat said

[Source: Belarusian Telgraph Agency, 27Aug08]

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