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The heads of member States of the organization of collective security Treaty (CSTO) actually decided the issue of the appointment of the new Secretary General of the Association. On Thursday, December 6, on the sidelines of the summits of the Eurasian economic Union and the Commonwealth of independent States, said President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko, BelTA has learned.
“We unexpectedly almost held a meeting of the CSTO. And, in principle, solved the problem of the appointment of the Secretary-General,” — said the Belarusian leader.
Lukashenka stated that the CSTO Secretary General will be the representative of Belarus. “We have agreed on the scheme and how will this appointment is a personal interview with each head of the CSTO, and they sign this decision,” — said the Belarusian leader.
In Yerevan the words of Lukashenko questioned. “As you know, the CSTO session was not. Armenia’s position in this matter [the appointment of a new Secretary General] has not changed”, — quotes Agency “news-Armenia” Arman Egoyan, a spokesman for acting Prime Minister of Armenia.
In early November, Armenia without prior coordination procedures with other CSTO member States recalled its representative Yuri Khachaturov from the position of Secretary General of the organization (in Yerevan he is accused of trying to carry out a coup in 2008). The duties of the CSTO Secretary General was assigned to the Deputy Secretary-General of the Russian Valery Semerikova.
November 8, at the CSTO summit in Astana the leaders of the countries members of the organization failed to reach consensus on the nomination of the new Secretary General.
Armenia, which is the current Chairman of the CSTO (the chairmanship in the organization goes from one state to the next in accordance with the Russian alphabet) insists on the appointment of a representative, because Khachaturov, worked a half instead of three years — the term of office of the Armenian side expires in 2020. In turn, Lukashenko said he was ready to submit to the Secretary General of the three candidates from Belarus. He was supported by the President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev, who believes that organizations need a “normal acting Secretary General following, from the Belarusian side.”
The Treaty on collective security, or Tashkent Treaty, was signed in 1992 by Armenia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. The purpose of the organization is to promote international peace, security and stability and protect the territorial integrity and sovereignty of member States.
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