CSTO to send military hardware not peacekeepers to Kyrgyzstan

11:29, June 26, 2010      

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There is no need to send the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) peacekeepers to Kyrgyzstan, said CSTO Secretary General Nikolai Bordyuzha on Friday.

Meanwhile, the organization would provide the violence-hit member state with military hardware including helicopters and armored vehicles, following a request from the interim Kyrgyz government.

"All CSTO heads of state are unanimous that at the current stage there is no need to send peacekeeping forces to Kyrgyzstan, but there is a need to help the country's law enforcement and security agencies in orienting their activity," Bordyuzha told a news conference in Bishkek.

Kyrgyzstan's security services will receive assistance depending on the problems they have encountered, he said.

During his visit to Bishkek, the CSTO chief will hold meetings with Kyrgyzstan's top security officials to discuss measures to maintain order in the republic.

Later on Friday, Kyrgyz interim Security Council Secretary Alik Orozov confirmed that the country would receive helicopters from Kazakhstan and Russia, and armored vehicles and special means from other countries.

"All our applications have been signed by the CSTO leadership. Today we will receive (them)," he was quoted by Interfax news agency as saying.

The aircraft to be borrowed by Kyrgyzstan will be returned to their bases as soon as they are no longer needed, Orozov said.

Source: Xinhua


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