6 Sep 2018 22:22

CSTO states discuss possible involvement in UN peacekeeping missions

MOSCOW. Sept 6 (Interfax) - Representatives of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) member states discussed efforts to coordinate their stances on the issues of agenda of the 73rd session of the UN General Assembly at the Moscow consultations on Thursday, the Russian Foreign Ministry said.

"The opportunities of CSTO's involvement in UN's peacekeeping activity, counter-terrorism activity in the global Organization, the situation in Afghanistan, and several other topical issues on the UN agenda were considered. The progress of preparing joint statements, which are planned to be issued at the upcoming session of the UN General Assembly, was analyzed," the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement on its website.

The leadership of the CSTO Secretariat, the chiefs of specific departments of the foreign ministries, permanent representatives of the CSTO member states and officials of the embassies of the CSTO states attended the consultations.

"The interlocutors keenly exchanged opinions on the issues of practical cooperation between the delegations of the CSTO member states and their priorities at the 73rd session of the UN General Assembly. They focused on the discussion of another draft resolution on UN-CSTO cooperation, which is traditionally endorsed every two years," the Russian Foreign Ministry said.

Participants highlighted the significance of further consolidated policy of the CSTO states in the UN seeking efforts to step up UN's central and coordinating role in international affairs, shape a more just model of world order, and ensure the principles of indivisible security, sovereign equality, territorial integrity, and honoring independence and noninterference in domestic affairs, the Foreign Ministry said.

"The consultations were quite beneficial and confirmed the high level of mutual understanding between the CSTO member states, and their readiness to use the commonness of approaches on pressing international problems for coordinating their positions on the issues put for consideration of the 73rd session of the UN General Assembly," the Russian Foreign Ministry said.