CSTO members will discuss the situation in Kyrgyzstan on Monday
President Dmitry Medvedev gave instructions to the Security Council Secretary of the CSTO member countries (Organization Treaty on Collective Security) to hold consultations on Monday to produce a response to the situation in Kyrgyzstan, the presidential press-secretary Natalia Timakova has reported.
"Dmitry Medvedev, as chairman of the Council of Collective Security Forces of the Member States, requested that the Monday consultations of the Security Council Secretaries of the CSTO member states formulate a collective response" RIA-Novosti quotes Timakova as having said.
Speaking about the possibility of deciding the direction the peacekeeping forces of the CSTO will take in Kyrgyzstan, the press secretary noted that this decision can be made only in accordance with the charter of the CSTO and after consultations with all members of the organization.
She also reported that the president has already held a series of consultations on the situation in Kyrgyzstan in order to develop a joint plan of action with Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev and the Secretary of the Collective Security Treaty Organization, Nikolai Bordyuzha.
In turn, the press service of the CSTO reported that during the consultations on Monday it is expected that the situation in Kyrgystan will be discussed as well as the latest developments and the prospects for collective action that will lead to a resolution and to put an end to the ethnic clashes , restore law and order and ensure the security of the citizens.
In the southern capital of Kyrgyzstan, Osh, the second day of inter-ethnic clashes continues. The participants of the riots, the Kyrgyzians and Uzbeks, are burning cars, destroying shops, bazaars, and houses, and the streets are filled with groups of people engaged in rampant looting. The clashes have killed 60 people and currently those injured numbersover 800 but the figures continue to grow. The number of casualties may be much higher, because doctors are not able to leave the hospitals on calls because they fear for their lives.
Earlier the CSTO press office reported that Bordyuzha would consult with the Secretaries of CSTO Security Council and the heads of the interim government of Kyrgyzstan.
The CSTO is made up of Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.