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YEREVAN, May 26. /TASS/. Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan said on Thursday that legal and practical fundamentals should be created for working out coordinated measures within the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) to counter terrorism and extremism.
The Armenian president made this statement at a meeting with CSTO Secretary-General Nikolai Bordyuzha who had come to Armenia to attend the drills of the CSTO rapid response police forces codenamed Cobalt-2016.
"The exercises that were held helped promote further and improve the coordination of efforts of the CSTO member states to counter terrorism and extremism and strengthen the anti-terror potential of the Collective Rapid Response Forces," the Armenian president said.
In Sargsyan’s opinion, in this context, "it is important to form the corresponding legal and practical fundamentals for elaborating coordinated measures for countering these threats."
The Armenian president said he was confident that "all-embracing measures of organizational and practical nature that will be taken after the drills and other operational and preventive measures will contribute to the growth of efficiency of joint steps to counter international terrorism and transnational crimes within the area of the CSTO responsibility."
The Armenian president and the CSTO secretary-general also discussed regional security, issues related to Armenia’s priorities during its rotating CSTO chairmanship and cooperation within the framework of other international organizations, the Armenian president’s press office said.
The CSTO, established in 1992, is headquartered in Moscow and comprised of Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia and Tajikistan. In 2002, the six post-Soviet states agreed to create the CSTO as a military alliance.