Minsk accords recognized internationally as Ukraine peace roadmap


1The Minsk accords have been recognized by the international community as the roadmap towards achieving peace in Ukraine, Deputy Chairman of the CIS Executive Committee Konysbek Zhusupbekov said when speaking to the participants of the meeting of the heads of the working bodies of the agencies in charge of cooperation in law enforcement and security. The meeting was held in Moscow on 15 April, BelTA learned from the press service of the CIS Executive Committee.

Konysbek Zhusupbekov noted that international relations are going through difficult times. The instability and uncertainty have increased; competition in its dangerous manifestations has toughened as well. The combination of all kinds of factors led to a large-scale conflict in Ukraine, and caused human casualties. This situation raises the legitimate concerns of the CIS member states that unanimously call for the speediest normalization of the situation in that country.

According to Konysbek Zhusupbekov, the security threat to the CIS and other areas has increased. These include the increased tensions in the Afghanistan-Pakistan region, the growth of terrorism and extremism in North Africa and the Middle East where extremely aggressive radical groups of the so-called Islamic State have intensified their activities.

The Deputy Chairman of the CIS Executive Committee gave several examples of joint efforts of the CIS countries to strengthen regional and global security in the current environment. Belarus, which held the CIS chairmanship in 2013-2014, initiated the negotiating process on a peaceful resolution of the situation in Ukraine. «Today the Minsk accords have been recognized by the international community as the framework for achieving this objective. All CIS member states support the process and are interested in its positive outcome,» he said.

To counter the threats from the Afghan territory the heads of the CIS states took a decision to provide assistance to Tajikistan to strengthen the Tajik-Afghan section of the external borders of the CIS member states.

Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan have signed the treaty on a nuclear weapon free zone in Central Asia.

These examples are, in the opinion of the Deputy Chairman of the CIS Executive Committee, clearly demonstrate that the interaction in the Commonwealth contributes to the overall architecture of international security.

Modern threats to regional and global stability have been rapidly evolving, said Konysbek Zhusupbekov. The risks associated with international terrorism, organized crime, illicit drug and arms trafficking are increasing. To coordinate joint measures for combating these threats the CIS has set up the interstate council. Its next meeting is due in Astana in the second half of the year.

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