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Central Asia news

CSTO to compile a register of the terrorist and extremist organizations

05.03.2011 17:17 msk


The Collective Security Treaty Organization (or the "O-De-Ke-Be" in Russian) consisting of the countries like Armenia, Belarus, Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan, is going to create a common register of terrorist and extremist organizations that pose a threat to security in the region and thus are designated as illegal, reported by the "Rossiyskaya Gazeta" (Russian newspaper) relying on a source within the CSTO Secretariat.

The idea implies that any terrorist organization that has been officially designated as such, for instance, in the territory of the Russian Federation, shall fall under the same category in all member-states of the Organization and therefore be subject to persecution in accordance with the existing national legislation. In the meantime, representatives of criminal communities persecuted in one of the member-states are often able to seek an asylum in neighboring countries and stay free away from prosecution or indictment.

According to the source, CSTO member-states are strongly concerned with the situation in the Central Asian region and at the border with northern parts of Afghanistan. All kinds of extremists' groups that have intensified their activities in the Central Asia take an advantage of various, including radical, religious organizations seeking to set up their bases in the republics of the region in order to initially gain a foot-hold and then expand their terroristic activities.

Special services have also reported seeing representatives of the Taliban in the territories of the former Soviet republics. NATO forces gradually compel the Taliban out from the northern provinces of Afghanistan which may eventually lead to mass outflow of the talibs into the adjacent areas.

Yet, many experts do not fear the risk of an outbreak of a major armed conflict or a local war within the region. Secretaries of security council from Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan to conduct consultations to this effect shortly.

The CSTO pays a special attention to the problem of illegal drug-traffic and therefore plans to create a "Center to combat the drug traffic" in Kyrgyzstan. The Drug Control Agency is currently working on the respective proposals.

Meanwhile, CSTO is not considering the creation of a new military base in the south of Kyrgyzstan in spite of a preliminary agreement regarding the creation of another Russian military base that was made on August 1, 2009 by the president D. Medvedev and the former Kyrgyz president K. Bakiev.