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    MOSCOW, March 10, 2004. (RIA Novosti correspondent Pyotr Goncharov) - In compliance with the plan of actions of the CIS Joint Chiefs of Staff and the Joint Staff of the Collective Security Treaty Organization [CST comprises Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia and Tajikistan] on March 16th Moscow will host the session of the CIS Committee and on March 16th-17th the operative meeting of the CST joint staff, RIA Novosti learned from deputy chief of the CST joint staff Lieutenant General Vasily Zavgorodny.

    The forthcoming session of the Committee will be devoted to plans of joint events to train CIS and CST Armed Forces in 2005.

    Apart from this, the participants will discuss issues of ensuring training of peacekeeping collective forces and military observers within the CIS.

    They will also analyze the progress of improving the activities of the permanent operative group of the rapid reaction forces' headquarters deployed in Central Asia, as well as issues of unifying CST member states' legislation in the sphere of the fight against international terrorism, illegal trafficking in drugs and psychotropic substances.

    According to Zavgorodny, the session will also touch upon joint exercises Rubezh 2004 (Frontier 2004) scheduled for the second half of the year in Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan.

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