Publication: Monitor Volume: 2 Issue: 186

On October 4 and 5, Russian prime minister Viktor Chernomyrdin and other senior officials conferred in Kazakhstan’s capital Almaty on joint measures to deal with the situation in Afghanistan following the military victory of the Taliban movement. Present were the presidents and "force ministers" of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan. A joint communique couched in alarmist tones condemned the Taliban for "brutal reprisals" and expressed concern over a possible extension of the fighting to the borders of neighboring Central Asian countries, but stopped short of calling for immediate military measures. It urged an immediate ceasefire in Afghanistan and warned that the CIS countries may invoke their 1992 Collective Security Treaty to deal with "instability on their borders."

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