Interview with the appointed CSTO Secretary General Stanislav ZAS to the BelTA agency at the end of the meeting of the CSTO Collective Security Council on November 28, 2019 in Bishkek
Stanislav Vasilyevich, it was previously reported that your candidacy was agreed to the post of CSTO Secretary General. In what character did you attend the meeting of the Collective Security Council today?
It was not only agreed, but also approved by the relevant decision of the Collective Security Council. In accordance with this document, my three-year term of office will begin on January 1, 2020. Therefore, in the traditional format of such events, I participated in the last meeting as a member of the Committee of Secretaries of Security Councils.
Stanislav Vasilievich, why did the Presidents invite you to participate in a restricted Collective Security Council meeting?
In accordance with the decision of the CSTO Collective Security Council has already taken place, I have to assume the post of Secretary General of the Organization from January 1 of next year, almost a month later. As a rule, the Secretary General participates in the narrow composition of the CSTO Collective Security Council. Apparently, this is why the heads of state considered my presence advisable, for which I am very grateful.
I regard this as a confirmation of the high confidence shown and the general focus on the fact that the new senior CSTO administrative officer will join the work without delay. And for this, there is nothing more useful than a personal presence when the presidents reconcile positions directly affecting pressing issues of collective security and the functioning of the Organization.
What tasks do you see among the priorities at the new job?
For me, the adoption of the post of CSTO Secretary General is a great honor and no less responsibility. I plan to focus my efforts on ensuring that the CSTO can serve its member states and their peoples even more effectively, while remaining true to the principles of the Charter.
I attach paramount importance to the implementation of the CSTO Collective Security Strategy for the period up to 2025, as well as the priorities of the states that preside over the CSTO authorized organs.
I will do my best to help build up allied relations in the foreign policy, military, and military-technical fields.
I intend to pay special attention to uniting and coordinating efforts in the fight against international terrorism and other modern cross-border threats.
I want the voice of the CSTO to sound louder from the stands of international organizations: the UN, the OSCE, the CIS, and the SCO during my three-year term. I am sure that there is an opportunity to make better use of participation in many events that are held in the UN and OSCE format in order to convey the agreed position of the CSTO member states to the world community.
To summarize, I see my main task in honestly and conscientiously fulfilling the duties assigned to me, guided solely by the interests of ensuring collective security.
I have no doubt that now and in the future, the Organization will be able to provide a guaranteed response to any attempts to destabilize the situation, violate peace and security in its area of responsibility.
Thanks for answers.