Russian officials want to establish a global presence for the Collective Security Treaty Organization in the wake of the signing of a cooperation pact between the Moscow-led group and the United Nations.
The UN-CSTO pact was signed in Moscow on March 18 by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Nikolai Bordyuzha, the CSTO's secretary general.
A joint declaration issued in Moscow suggested the CSTO could become involved in UN operations covering "conflict prevention and conflict resolution, [as well as] combating terrorism, trans-national criminality [and] illegal arms trafficking." Cooperation would take into account "the respective spheres of competence and the procedures of either organization," the joint declaration added.
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Sergei Blagov is a Moscow-based specialist in CIS political affairs.