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CSTO allowed to deploy “blue chapkas” in Syria under UN mandate

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The Secretary General of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO), Nikolay Bordyuzha, and the UN Deputy Secretary General in charge of Peacekeeping Operations, Hervé Ladsous, signed a Memorandum of Understanding on 28 September 2012 in New York.

The document sets out the conditions for the deployment of CSTO troops within the framework of UN peacekeeping operations.

The CSTO has carried out studies on the possible deployment of peacekeeping troops in Nagorno-Karabakh, South Ossetia, Pridnestrovie and in Syria.

So far, NATO has been the only military pact capable of deploying peacekeepers under a UN umbrella. From now on, it will be possible to also count on the "blue chapkas" (Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Russia).

On the eve of signing, the foreign ministers of the CSTO countries held a meeting on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly. They examined the possibilities offered by the Memorandum.

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