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CSTO Secretary General: Threat of terrorism increases in Central Asia

Monday 15 August 2011

ASTANA (Trend News Agency) – 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.

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Nikolay Bordyuzha, CSTO chief

“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 listed as dangerous in all CSTO member-countries.”

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.” Bordyuzha promised that the CSTO will take measures to counteract this phenomenon.

The fifth informal summit of CSTO leaders was held in Astana last Friday. The participants discussed the current problems of the international situation, including the situation in the Middle East and North Africa, as well as the CSTO responsibility zone.

Increasing the efficiency of the organization’s activity was also considered. Following the meeting, Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko said that the participants agreed on measures to strengthen the organization and improve its efficiency.

Belarus, as a CSTO chairman in 2011, actively works to reform the organization. It seeks to transform its military-political bloc, ready to help in a crisis situation.

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

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