Publication: Monitor Volume: 2 Issue: 85

The foreign ministers of Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, and Kyrgyzstan conferred yesterday in Almaty to prepare the meeting of the three countries’ presidents due May 6. The ministers focused on the formation of the joint Central Asian peacekeeping battalion under UN auspices and drafted a note to the UN Secretariat requesting the battalion’s inclusion in the reserve of peacekeeping forces at the UN’s disposal. The battalion is to be stationed in southern Kazakhstan near the border with Uzbekistan and will also be made available for activities within the NATO Partnership for Peace program.

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