4 October 201718:11

Joint Statement by the Member States of the Collective Security Treaty Organisation on the Situation in Afghanistan and the Threat of the Strengthening of International Terrorist and Extremist Organisations in the Northern Provinces of Afghanistan, issued during the 72nd session of the UN General Assembly

1869-04-10-2017

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The Member States of the Collective Security Treaty Organisation (CSTO) express concern over the deterioration of the security situation in Afghanistan, the high level of terrorist activity and the seizure of new regions around the country by armed opposition fighters.

The CSTO Member States are especially alarmed about the activities of the Islamic State (ISIS) and the terrorist organisations connected with it in Afghanistan, as well as their proliferation around the country and the attempts to gain a foothold in the northern provinces of Afghanistan, which is creating numerous threats to security and stability in Central Asia.

Reaffirming their deep concern over the increase in the areas sown with narcotic plants and the growing production of narcotics in Afghanistan, the CSTO Member States urge the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan as well as the international community, including the United Nations, to fight the Afghan drug threat more energetically.

Pointing to the absence of alternatives to a peaceful settlement in Afghanistan, the CSTO Member States urge the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan to take measures to launch an intra-Afghan dialogue as soon as possible and believe that the key role in the national reconciliation process must be played by the Afghans themselves with the assistance, when necessary, from global and regional international organisations and agencies, as well as individual states.

In this context, the CSTO Member States welcome the Russian initiative on the promotion of a settlement in the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan within the framework of the Moscow consultations on Afghanistan, which is a series of  practical talks that were launched to facilitate the national reconciliation process and a direct dialogue between the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and the Taliban groups. These consultations are a mechanism for attaining a peaceful settlement in Afghanistan in keeping with the UN Security Council criteria.

Pointing out the crucial significance of regional cooperation as an effective means of attaining security and sustainable development in Afghanistan, the CSTO Member States call for the further improvement of relations between the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and neighbouring countries.

 

Minister of Foreign Affairs                      Minister of Foreign Affairs

     of the Republic of Armenia                     of the Republic of Kyrgyzstan

 

Minister of Foreign Affairs                      Minister of Foreign Affairs

of the Republic of Belarus                       of the Russian Federation

 

Minister of Foreign Affairs                      Minister of Foreign Affairs

   of the Republic of Kazakhstan                of the Republic of Tajikistan

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