Sargsyan: the countries of the collective security Treaty organization adopted a statement on combating terrorism


MOSCOW, December 21. The countries of the Organization of collective security Treaty (CSTO) supported the formation of a broad anti-terrorism Coulibaly. According to the President of Armenia, which currently holds the presidency of the CSTO, Serzh Sargsyan, the statement was made at the summit in the Kremlin.

“CSTO States to advocate the formation of a broad coalition on the basis of the provisions of the UN Charter, norms and principles of international law,” he said. According to Sargsyan, the member countries of the Organization believe that the fight against terrorism “cannot be conducted without reliable overlapping sources of its funding, block the financial channels of”.

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According to Sargsyan, the meeting of the CSTO leaders was productive. The leaders of the countries-participants of the Organization “reaffirmed our determination to consistently strengthen power potential of the CSTO to strengthen counter-terrorism component, to enhance the combat readiness of CRRF (Collective rapid response forces) to effectively counter new challenges and threats”, – said the President of Armenia.

In General, the fight against international terrorism Sargsyan called “the most important issue today”.

The summit also discussed the implementation of decisions taken at the upcoming meeting of the CSTO in Dushanbe and other issues, including the priorities proposed by Armenia for its chairmanship in the CSTO.

About the incident with the Russian su-24

The Armenian President noted that the countries of the Organization of collective security Treaty (CSTO) supported Russia in the situation of attack by Turkish military aircraft of the Russian su-24 in Syria.

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“We discussed the incident involving Russian military aircraft su-24, participating in anti-terrorist operations in Syria and the downed Turkish armed forces. This step of Turkey does not contribute to the consolidation of international efforts aimed at combating terrorism, resolving the situation in Syria and peace in the region”, – stated the leader of Armenia, which currently holds the presidency of the CSTO.

“We, as allies of Russia, we Express our solidarity and support for the position of Moscow on this incident,” concluded Sargsyan.

According to him, leaders of the Organization also discussed the incident with the shot on the su-24, they supported the position of Moscow.

On the Syrian issue

The CSTO countries confirmed their intention to facilitate a political settlement in Syria and dialogue between the government and the opposition. This is stated in the statement of the leaders.

“Member States of the CSTO share the resolve of the international community to strengthen efforts in the fight against terrorism in the Syrian Arab Republic with a parallel promotion of a peaceful political settlement through talks between the Syrian government and a wide spectrum of the opposition”, – the document says.

On the suppression of the activities of the IG

The heads of state of the CSTO member States consider a priority to curb the activities of the terrorist group “Islamic state” (IG, is prohibited on the territory of the Russian Federation) and state growth of security threats in Central Asia. This is stated in a joint statement signed at the summit of the CSTO.

“The priority we see the need to curb activities of the terrorist group ISIS, the brutal bloodshed unleashed in many countries and pose a threat to all mankind”, – the document says. “Acknowledge the growth of security threats in Central Asia, associated with increased activity of the ISIL, Taliban, al-Qaida (banned in the Russian Federation – ed.) and other terrorist organizations in Afghanistan, leading to a surge in tensions on the southern borders of the CSTO, directly threatening to destabilize the situation in the zone of its responsibility,” the statement said.

The document notes that countries of the CSTO call on all States to comply strictly with the requirements of anti-terrorism resolutions of the Security Council and the UN General Assembly. The heads of the CSTO member States supported the formation of a broad coalition on the basis of the provisions of the UN Charter, norms and principles of international law without politicization and preconditions.

“We attach great importance to the further strengthening of measures of counteraction to the ideology of international terrorism and religious extremism. We are convinced that civic immunity to the dissemination of radical ideas need to complement the efforts of state competent bodies, the capacity of public agencies, the media and religious confessions”, – said in a statement.

The countries confirmed their intention to stop financing ISIS and other terrorist organizations.

“Affirm the responsibility of all States to undertake efforts aimed at the detection of organizations, natural and legal persons involved in economic relations with ISIL (terrorist group forbidden in the territory of the Russian Federation) and other terrorist groups, and reliable blocking financial channels of terrorism”, – stated in the statement adopted at the summit.

“We welcome the adoption by UN Security Council Resolution from 17 December 2015 to combat the financing of terrorism and its call upon all States to take the necessary action against the ISIL, al-Qaida and other associated individuals, groups, and organizations”, – stated in the document.

“We intend to gradually strengthen the power potential of the CSTO to increase its counter-terrorism component, to enhance the combat readiness of the Collective rapid reaction forces to effectively counter new challenges and decrees”, – said in a statement.

About prolongation of powers of the CSTO Secretary General

Sargsyan said that the leaders of the CSTO have extended the powers of the Secretary General of the Organization Nikolay Bordyuzha until January 1, 2017.

“We have unanimously decided to extend the term of the current Secretary-General Bordyuzha until January 1, 2017”, – said journalists the President of Armenia.

He added that it was also instructed to prepare proposals on quotas for posts in the Secretariat and United headquarters of the CSTO.

Sargsyan noted that the summit participants endorsed the new rules on rotation CSTO Secretary General and officials of the Organization.