President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Islam Karimov participated in Collective Security Treaty Organization’s Collective Security Council meeting and the Commonwealth of Independent States’ Heads of State Council session. Both summit meetings took place in Russia’s Moscow on December 10.
During the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) gathering held in the Kremlin, heads of member nations discussed cooperation issues within the Organization with regard to bolstering security, countering such threats as international terrorism, extremism, drugs trafficking and transnational organized crime. The presidents deliberated on expanding the interaction in creating a collective security system and enhancing information security. The leaders also exchanged views on the events in southern Kyrgyzstan that took place last June.
The heads of state reviewed the documents dealing with swift preemption of common threats to CSTO member countries. In particular, the Organization’s actions in emergency situations with security threat have been conferred. The summit participants also expounded on aspects of averting security threats.
President of Uzbekistan stressed that the CSTO’s principal designation is primarily to protect member states from external threats. Any form of involvement of the Organization in so-called violent actions within any nation is unacceptable – this is Uzbekistan’s fundamental position, Islam Karimov emphasized.
Intra-state violent actions, according to the head of our nation, may progress in various scenarios and proceed with direct participation and funding from external forces. Only when organizers of this kind of actions are identified, should any decisions be made. Lessons should be learned from the events in southern Kyrgyzstan of June 10-14. During those tragic days, over 100,000 refugees [from Kyrgyzstan in Uzbekistan] had to be provided with shelter, medicaments, food and other urgent needs. In the meantime, there stood a task to ensure the security of Uzbekistan’s densely populated and multiethnic region, Ferghana Valley, and hold the situation on the border under control. Otherwise it would be hard to avoid new, more extensive bloodshed.
A number of cases in the history of some CIS countries can serve as clear implications, too. It is indicative that Azerbaijan and Armenia have for more than twenty years been unable to agree on peaceful settlement of the Karabakh crisis.
As President Karimov asserted, prior to taking any measures in an emergency situation, CSTO as an important regional organization should first reveal the causes of the crisis and probable organizers, evaluate the consequences of its likely actions and draw accurate conclusions.
Organizational issues related to the activity of CSTO have been also considered at the session.
Following the CSTO meeting, a CIS Heads of State Council session has been attended by presidents of Commonwealth member countries. The sides discussed prospects of development of CIS as well as those of perfecting the activity of its bodies.
The leaders exchanged views on critical issues of regional and international significance.