The CSTO Secretary General had a meeting via videoconferencing with the UN Assistant Secretary General for Political Affairs

The CSTO Secretary General had a meeting via videoconferencing with the UN Assistant Secretary General for Political Affairs 20.01.2022


On January 20, this year, the CSTO Secretary General Stanislav Zas had a meeting via videoconferencing with the UN Assistant Secretary General for Political Affairs Miroslav Jenča.
The parties have discussed developments in the CSTO area of responsibility and spoke in favor of continuing active cooperation between the CSTO and specialized UN agencies in maintaining international peace, including the fight against terrorism, drug trafficking, transnational crime and illegal migration. 
The CSTO Secretary General, summarizing the Organization's activities for 2021, presented a general description of the security situation on the external borders of the CSTO member States. He noted the growth of a number of military and political threats in the Eastern European region of collective security, growing instability in the Central Asian region due to the ongoing crisis development in Afghanistan and threats emanating from the territory of this country. M. Jenča informed S. Zas about the UN plans for large-scale humanitarian assistance to the people of Afghanistan. 
According to Stanislav Zas, in the Caucasus region of collective security, the situation remains relatively stable thanks to the agreements reached between the Republic of Armenia and the Republic of Azerbaijan with the mediation of Russia. For further normalization of the situation, practical work on the delimitation and demarcation of the state border is necessary.
The CSTO Secretary General noted that the Organization welcomed the talks between Russia and the United States and hoped that the parties would listen to each other and find solutions to existing problems in the field of global security. "Although the CSTO is not involved in the talks, the Organization is closely following them and hopes that they will lead to a reduction of tension in the region, including in the CSTO area of responsibility", Stanislav Zas said.  
Miroslav Jenča, for his turn, also positively assessed the Russian-American negotiation process that had begun. "We attribute an important role in ensuring international peace and security to negotiations between the United States and Russia and welcome such dialogue, as it is the best means to resolve all open issues in order to avoid forceful approaches. We expect the U.S.-Russian diplomacy to yield concrete results," the UN Assistant Secretary General said.  
Cooperation in the field of peacekeeping and the results of the CSTO peacekeeping operation of the CSTO Collective Forces in the Republic of Kazakhstan were discussed separately. The CSTO Secretary General Stanislav Zas stressed that the peacekeeping operation was fully legitimate; it was launched on the basis of an appeal by the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan K.-J. Tokayev and Articles 2 and 4 of the Collective Security Treaty, and was conducted in accordance with the provisions of the CSTO Peacekeeping Agreement, which was registered with the UN Secretariat.
Miroslav Jenča noted that he was impressed by the speed and excellent organization of the transfer and deployment of the CSTO Collective Peacekeeping Forces in the Republic of Kazakhstan. He highly appreciated the rapidity of contacts between the CSTO and the UN Secretariats and emphasized that the UN Secretary General received timely information from the CSTO about current situation and the deployment of the peacekeeping contingent. 
The parties praised the level of interaction between the two Secretariats of the UN and the CSTO and agreed on forthcoming contacts.

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