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MOSCOW, July 17 (Itar-Tass) - The process of the formation by the member countries of the Collective Security Treaty Organisation (CSTO) of the joint emergency response system has passed the main stages and is nearing completion, CSTO Secretary General Nikolai Bordyuzha stated after the sixth meeting of the Coordinating Council on Emergency Situations of the CSTO member states that was held in Gomel.
The Collective Security Treaty Organisation is an intergovernmental military alliance which was signed on 15 May 1992. On 7 October 2002, the Presidents of Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia and Tajikistan signed a charter in Tashkent founding the CSTO. Nikolai Bordyuzha was appointed secretary general of the new organisation. The CSTO is currently an observer organisation at the United Nations General Assembly.
“We have major prospects for cooperation, but most importantly, we must report to the presidents of the member states at the next meeting that the formation of the joint response system has passed the main stages and is nearing completion. We should be ready for joint response to major natural and man-made disasters,” he said.
According to Bordyuzha, “today we are already preparing the corresponding regulatory documents on the creation of the common information-program space, are working on a draft agreement on the preferential regime of procurement of rescue equipment, developing the training system, which would offer preferences in personnel training.”
CSTO press secretary Vladimir Zainetdinov told Itar-Tass that the Coordinating Council approved the draft Action Plan for the implementation of the main directions of the development of the system of collective response to emergencies. The model rules and algorithm of the organisation of information exchange between the Crisis Management Centres of the CSTO member states were approved in principle. “The idea is to ensure the exchange of information between all ministries and crisis management centres about emergencies with a view to promptly responding and predicting the future developments,” the press secretary specified.
Kazakhstan’s Minister for Emergency Situations Vladimir Bozhko has been appointed head of the Coordinating Council for Emergency Situations of the CSTO member states for the next three years.