CSTO prepares for deteriorated security in Afghanistan

November 10, 2012 12:23 am 

MOSCOW, Nov. 9 — The Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) was prepared for deteriorated security situation in Afghanistan, head of the bloc said Friday.

"One of the main tasks we face is to prepare a forecast of the changing situation in Afghanistan expected in 2013-2014," CSTO Secretary General Nikolai Bordyuzha told a meeting of the working group on Afghanistan here.

The group was established within the CSTO foreign ministers' council.

The Secretary General ordered the working group to prepare "particular measures of response" if the situation in Afghanistan becomes worse in the next couple of years.

The draft proposals are to be submitted at the meeting of security council heads from CSTO member states due to convene in St. Petersburg on Nov 22.

"It is useful to evaluate the potential of sabotage and terrorism activities on the Afghan territory and the possibility of its spreading to the CSTO states borders," Bordyuzha said.

Founded in 2002, the CSTO groups six countries of the Commonwealth of Independent States, Russia, Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan.

In 2014, NATO-led International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan endorsed by the UN Security Council due to withdraw from that country where they have been deployed since Dec 2001.

Last month, Russia said it expected NATO would hold responsibility for Afghanistan's future even beyond 2014. (PNA/Xinhua)

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