Uzbekistan to participate in the military component of CSTO
|Uzbekistan will participate in the military component of the Collective Security Treaty ORganisation (CSTO), CSTO Secretary-General Nikolay Bordyuzha told National News Agency. |
"After Uzbekistan's adoption of the decision to regain membership in the organization at the CSTO session held on 23 June in Minsk, I had a talk with the country's Defense Minister. He confirmed that Tashkent would participate in the military component of the CSTO, particularly, in the Collective Quick-Deployment Forces in Central Asia (CQDF)," Secretary-General emphasized.
Nikolay Bordyuzha reminded that collective forces consisting of 10 battalions – 3 from Russia and Tajikistan each, and 2 from Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan each – represented units constantly held alert. They primarily constitute elite units - airborne troops, storm troopers, and mountain rifle troops.
According to Bordyuzha, "the format of Uzbekistan's participation will be discussed in detail in the course of negotiations with the military-political administration of the republic," and the CSTO delegation will leave for Tashkent in the next 7-10 days.
Bordyuzha said Uzbekistan administration would independently decide on what forces to contribute to the CQDF, but there could be no doubts that "these will be high alertness units."
Secretary General also noted that he did not except the possibility that Tashkent would contribute aviation component.
Moreover, according to Bordyuzha, "Uzbek military men will participate, as observers, in CSTO's joint complex operative-tactical exercises "Rubej 2006" (Line 2006).
Line 2006 joint military exercises will be conducted in accordance with the Plan of Joint Actions of Operative and Military Preparation of CSTO States' Armed Forces on the territory of Kazakhstan in the area of the city of Aktau on 24-29 August 2006.
"Uzbekistan will have to participate in the military exercises with the status of observer", as they had been scheduled a lot earlier, Bordyuzha explained. "But as soon as during the exercises to follow, the representatives of this country will be full-righted participants," he noted.
Currently Armenia, Belarus, Russia, Tajikistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan are parties to the Collective Security Treaty Organisation.
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