On 13 November 2023, the XVI meeting of the Council of the Collective Security Treaty Organization's Consultative Coordination Centre for Responding to Computer Incidents (CSTO CCC) was held in Moscow, with the participation of leading experts and representatives of the national authorized bodies for Responding to Computer Incidents of the CSTO member states.
A meeting of the CSTO Collective Security Council was held in Minsk on 23 November.
The heads of states have discussed in detail current problems of international and regional security and the main results of the activities of the CSTO during the inter-sessional period.
A meeting of the heads of the Collective Security Treaty Organization member states under the chairmanship of the President of the Republic of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko has begun in Minsk in the narrow format.
On 22 November 2023, in Minsk, a joint meeting of the Council of Foreign Ministers, the Council of Defense Ministers and the Committee of Secretaries of the Security Councils of the CSTO was held. Representatives of the Republic of Armenia did not take part in the meeting.
In accordance with the Action Plan for the implementation of the decisions of the November 20-22 session of the CSTO CSC and the fulfilment of the priority areas of the Organization’s activities, two documents relevant to the stabilization of the situation in the South Caucasus have been developed so far under the chairmanship of the Republic of Belarus.
The CSTO Secretary General Imangali Tasmagambetov answered TASS's question about the significance of the UN General Assembly Resolution "Cooperation between the United Nations and the Collective Security Treaty Organization”20.01.2023
The CSTO Secretariat intensifies interaction with the UN
At the beginning of 2023 we intensified our work on interaction with international structures, in particular with the United Nations. Strengthening the role and significance of the CSTO in the system of international relations is a priority of this year's presidency of the Republic of Belarus in the CSTO. The aim is to develop cooperation with associations of states and individual countries in order to meet the evolving challenges of regional and global security.
In this regard I would like to recall that during the previous Presidency of the Republic of Armenia last year during the 77th Session of the UN General Assembly Resolution 77/13 on "Cooperation between the United Nations and the Collective Security Treaty Organization" (A/RES/77/13) was adopted on November 21, 2022.
I am pleased to note that the international community has appreciated the activities of the CSTO. The resolution stresses that the CSTO Collective Security Treaty has been transformed into a multifunctional structure with the capacity to respond adequately to a wide range of challenges and threats in its area of responsibility.
The document also notes the Organization's significant efforts to strengthen the system of regional security and stability, counter terrorism and organized transnational crime, and combat illicit trafficking in drugs and weapons, irregular migration and human trafficking, all of which contribute to the realization of UN goals and principles.
The UN General Assembly Resolution commends the practical steps and contributions of the CSTO in implementing the UN Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy and the Plan of Action on International Cooperation against the Drug Problem. At the same time, the significance of the results of a number of regional operations conducted within the framework of the CSTO is particularly emphasized. These include: "Channel" in suppressing the smuggling of Afghan opiates and cannabis-group drugs, cocaine and synthetic substances into the territory of the states of the Eurasian region, and "Illegal" in combating illegal migration.
The Resolution notes progress in intensifying practical cooperation with the CSTO in UN peacekeeping operations. The CSTO has significant resources for this - the Organization's Collective Peacekeeping Forces (CPF) number about 3,800 personnel, which generally meet the general UN requirements and standards for peacekeepers. The possibility of CSTO CPF participation in the UN peacekeeping operations through a "coordinating state" is currently being studied.
In accordance with the UN General Assembly Resolution, the CSTO Secretariat will take further steps to deepen cooperation and coordination between the specialized agencies and programs of the UN system and the CSTO and to develop direct contacts with them in areas of mutual interest.