The CSTO has potential to be used within UN operations, maintaining peace and security, noted Zoya Kolontai, the Deputy Permanent Representative of Belarus to the UN, speaking at the 65th session of the UN General Assembly, on behalf of CSTO member states.
The CSTO has possessed observer status at the UN General Assembly since 2004, with a Joint Declaration on UN/CSTO Secretariat Co-operation signed in March 2010, giving new impetus to development.
The Belarusian representative underlined that the CSTO has proven its potential to interact with the UN, based on principles of partnership and complementary efforts. “Taking into account the increasing importance of new challenges, as well as the UN’s eagerness to develop comprehensive co-operation with regional organisations, we believe that the adoption of the General Assembly Resolution on collaboration between the UN and CSTO is vital,” asserted Ms. Kolontai. She spoke on behalf of Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.