At its meeting on November 21б 2016, the UN General Assembly adopted by consensus the resolution “Cooperation between the United Nations and the Collective Security Treaty Organization”. Belarus as current chair of the CSTO coordinated the work on adoption of the resolution. All other CSTO member states, Armenia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia and Tajikistan, became authors of the document.
At a meeting of the General Assembly the Permanent Representative of Belarus Andrei Dapkiunas introduced (statement, in Russian) the draft to the attention of the UN member states.
The Belarusian diplomat noted that the CSTO as a multifunctional structure has become an important partner of the international community in promoting peace and security and responding to current challenges and threats.
The resolution welcomes the contribution of the CSTO to a number of areas of international cooperation in support of the UN objectives and principles. This concerns issues such as countering terrorism and transnational organised crime, fight against illicit trafficking in drugs and weapons, illegal migration and human trafficking, combating natural and man-made disasters. Additionally, the document emphasises the development of the CSTO peacekeeping potential.
On all these issues the CSTO is ready to initiate multilateral cooperation mechanisms. During the presidency in the CSTO Belarus intends to propose a number of concrete ideas for cooperation between the UN and the CSTO on the basis of provisions of the resolution adopted by the General Assembly.