Publication: Monitor Volume: 5 Issue: 28

Kazakh Foreign Minister Kasymzhomart Tokaev called yesterday for revisions to be made to the CIS Collective Security Treaty in connection with its extension. He did not specify what revisions Kazakhstan has in mind. Citing neighboring Uzbekistan’s refusal to prolong its participation in the treaty as “worthy of respect,” Tokaev said that Kazakhstan seeks revisions “as a condition to the treaty’s continued positive role in Eurasian security and stability.” He cited a single example of that role: the October 1996 Almaty summit of Russia and four Central Asian countries on possible joint measures to contain the Taliban (Xinhua, Russian agencies, February 9). At the recent meeting of the Council of Foreign Ministers of CIS Countries, Kazakhstan was one of only five countries which accepted a proposal to prolong the term of their participation in the treaty, subject to its subsequent “adaptation.” Georgia for its part wants a reverse sequence: adaptation first and prolongation afterward (see the Monitor, February 5).

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