The CSTO Secretariat expresses serious concern over the aggravation of the situation on the Armenian-Azerbaijani border that arose on July 12, this year, after an armed conflict between units of the armed forces of the Republic of Armenia and the Republic of Azerbaijan, including the use of heavy armament, which resulted in the dead and the injured. The current situation does not contribute to the normalization of the situation on the border of the two neighboring states, one of which is the Republic of Armenia. The Republic is a member state of the Collective Security Treaty Organization. The situation indicates a violation of the agreements of ceasefire reached at the leadership level of the Republic of Armenia and the Republic of Azerbaijan.
On July 9, 2020, the CSTO Secretariat hosted the first meeting of the Working Group on the Development of a Concept of Cooperation of the CSTO Member States on Countering Modern Combined Forms of Destructive Impact on the CSTO Member States. The CSTO Secretary General Stanislav Zas took part in the meeting.
CSTO delegation took part in the conference "International and regional cooperation in the fight against terrorism and its sources of financing, including drug trafficking and organized crime", held May 16-17, 2019 in Dushanbe
On May 17, 2019, the CSTO delegation led by the Deputy Secretary General of the Organization, Alymbay Sultanov, took part in the High-Level Conference on International and Regional Cooperation in Combating Terrorism and its Financing Sources, including Drug Trafficking and Organized Crime, held in Dushanbe under the auspices of of the Government of the Republic of Tajikistan in cooperation with the United Nations, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) and the European Union ( EU).
Addressing the forum participants, A.Sultanov stressed that despite the tangible losses in Syria and Iraq, the Islamic State, Al-Qaida and the associated armed terrorist groups still pose a serious threat. Having regrouped their forces, they spread their influence beyond the borders of the Middle East: to Europe, Central and Southeast Asia.
Considering the fact that there are quite a few citizens of the CSTO member states in the ranks of terrorist organizations, the threat of terrorist acts on the territory of the Organization’s states has increased significantly.
The CSTO Deputy Secretary General briefed the conference participants on the comprehensive measures taken by the CSTO in countering the threat of terrorism, illegal migration, drug trafficking and preventing illegal activities on the Internet, such as “Mercenary”, “Nelegal”, “Channel” and PROXI, and their results. At the same time, he highlighted the development of projects of the CSTO Target Interstate Program on Strengthening the Tajik-Afghan Border Sites and the List of Additional Measures Aimed at Reducing Tension in the Tajik-Afghan Frontier.
Referring to the situation in Afghanistan, where the drug business provides financial support to terrorists, A. Sultanov pointed out the need to prosecute drug dealers for financing international terrorist organizations and improving the legislative base of states in this area.
On the Conference the CSTO delegation on May 16 of this year aslo took part in the UN event “Preventing illegal financial flows from drugs and crime in the interests of regional peace, security and sustainable development” and the European Union event “Reintegration of families of foreign terrorist fighters”.