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CSTO Secretary General: Threat of terrorism increases in Central Asia (UPDATE)

Kazakhstan Materials 15 August 2011 16:18 (UTC +04:00)
The details were added (the first version was posted at 2:49 p.m.)
CSTO Secretary General: Threat of terrorism increases in Central Asia (UPDATE)

The details were added (the first version was posted at 2:49 p.m.)

Kazakhstan, Astana, Aug. 15 / Trend A. Maratov /

The Islamic-minded organizations, included in a list of dangerous, have recently intensified their activity in Central Asia. The CSTO has a task to stop this trend, Secretary General of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) Nikolai Bordyuzha said.

"They [the Islamic-minded organizations] are supported, including financial aid from Afghanistan and other countries," Bordyuzha said at a videopress conference "Moscow- Astana".

The CSTO has the task to combat this phenomenon.

"About 34 Islamic-minded organizations are included into a special list," he said. "They are considered illegal in all CSTO member-states. About ten organizations really work very actively. It is necessary to coordinate efforts toward them."

He said that the CSTO has information about the citizens of CIS countries, who are trained in special camps in Afghanistan.

"We have the information that several hundred people from Kyrgyzstan crossed the border," Bordyuzha said. "At present, they are trained in one of these camps. This is not a secret that afterwards, they return home to conduct terrorist attacks there."

The fifth informal summit of CSTO leaders was held in Astana last Friday. One of the main topics was the situation in Afghanistan.

"We understand that the situation in Afghanistan affects the Central Asian region," he said. "We discussed the trends of developing the situation in the country after NATO troops are withdrawn."

He said that the Organization realizes that negative actions may happen in case of withdrawing NATO troops from Afghanistan. They will negatively affect the situation in Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, and even Russia.

"It will be necessary to take measures to strengthen the borders of the CSTO countries and to coordinate resistance to extremist groups," he stressed.

CSTO is a military and political alliance, uniting seven CIS countries -- Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Belarus, Uzbekistan and Armenia.

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