Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev has announced that the process of withdrawing peacekeepers from the countries of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) will begin on January 13.
The announcement was made by Tokayev at a meeting he chaired today, Wednesday, in the city of Alma-Ata, which saw the most violent clashes in the recent wave of unrest in the country.
The president said, according to a statement released by his office: “The process of orderly withdrawal of peacekeepers from the Collective Security Treaty Organization will begin tomorrow, and talks have been held with heads of state. concerned in this regard “.
وشكر توكاييف قوات حفظ السلام على عملهم خلال الأيام الأخيرة, ووصف مهمة تلك القوات بأنها “ناجحة جدا” مشددا على أن نشر قوات حفظ السلام لمنظمة معاهدة الأمن الجماعي في كازاخستان, وخاصة في ألما-آتا, لعب بحد ذاته دورا ملموسا في استعادة استقرار الوضع In the country.
The statement said Tokayev was informed at the meeting that “the city was saved from terrorists thanks to its decision to send additional forces, including peacekeepers, to Alma-Ata.”
Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan, who currently chairs the Collective Security Treaty Organization, announced on January 6 the organization’s decision to send joint peacekeeping forces to Kazakhstan.
The move came against the backdrop of a wave of social unrest, riots and widespread violence that swept through Kazakhstan in early January.
Besides Kazakhstan and Armenia, the CSTO includes Russia, Belarus, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan.