Delay in agreement on collective rapid reaction forces due to Uzbekistan, Armenia's positions: CSTO secretary general
"Delay in signing agreement on activity of Collective Rapid Reaction Forces (CRRF) of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) is caused by special position of two member states - Uzbekistan and Armenia," CSTO Secretary General Nokolai Bordyuzha said at the end of the CSTO Defense Ministers' Council meeting, RIA Novosti reported.
The CSTO includes Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.
"There are some disagreements among six CSTO member states and Uzbekistan on operation of CRRF," he said.
He said Armenia insists on setting more exact date of preparedness of these forces.
"I am confident that we will return to this issue immediately after CSTO council session on June 14 and will finalize agreement on establishment of CRRF to present it to presidents," he said.
On June 3, the Council of Defense Ministers of CSTO member-states discussed issues related to the priorities of the CSTO in the second half of 2009 and the first half of 2010 as well as the legal framework governing activities of the Collective Rapid Reaction Forces of CSTO at a meeting in Moscow. In February, the presidents of the Collective Security Treaty Organization decided to create CRRF and instructed the Secretariat and the CSTO Joint Headquarters to prepare draft regulations by June.
The CRRF main goals are further strengthening of the security of the CSTO member states on the background of existing and potential threats, including terrorism, extremism, drug trafficking, prevention and liquidation of emergency situations of natural and technogenic nature through a coordinated and rapid response, ensuring CSTO's effective participation in the maintaining international peace and security.