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CSTO leaders suspend Uzbekistan's membership

December 19, 2012, 16:23 UTC+3

Tashkent did not officially clarify the reasons behind its move

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MOSCOW, December 19 (Itar-Tass) — The leaders of the member-states of the Collective Security Treaty Organization /CSTO/ decided to suspend Uzbekistan's membership, Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko said at a meeting of the CSTO collective security council on Wednesday.

"We've made the decision today; /we've/ agreed to their request and suspended Uzbekistan's CSTO membership," the president stated.

"We agreed that there will be no easy terms when entering the Organization any more, including for this state," he underlined reminding about the list of necessary documents and procedures required for membership registration.

Uzbekistan requested to suspend its membership in June 2012. The Organization's Charter dose not provide for unilateral withdrawal, and suspension of membership is only possible by decision of the CSTO Collective Security Council.

Tashkent did not officially clarify the reasons behind its move, but many experts believe the stumbling block is the agreement on the status of the formation of means and resources of the CSTO collective security systems.

Uzbekistan insisted on a wording which would rule out a possible use in the future of the collective forces in domestic conflicts in a member-state, whereas others regarded the existing provisions acceptable and expedient.

In addition, Tashkent has not taken part in CSTO military cooperating since 2006 and has not signed several dozen documents, including those on the establishment of the collective rapid response forces.

The CSTO members henceforth are Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia and Tajikistan.

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