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Secretary-General António Guterres told the Security Council that “now more than ever, a more effective United Nations depends on stronger and deeper cooperation with regional organizations,” and highlighted its cooperation with the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO), “notably in the areas of counterterrorism, drugs and crime, refugees and peace and security.” UNIFEED

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DATELINE: 16 FEBRUARY 2022, NEW YORK CITY / FILE

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1. Wide shot, exterior UN Headquarters

16 FEBRUARY 2022, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, Security Council
3. Med shot, Secretary-General António Guterres and the Russian Federation’s Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs Sergey Vershinin at the Security Council dais
4. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“Now more than ever, a more effective United Nations depends on stronger and deeper cooperation with regional organizations, and the CSTO has been an important partner for the UN. Several Memoranda of Understanding and Protocols on Cooperation between the CSTO and various UN entities are testament to the increasing depth and breadth of our relationship – notably in the areas of counterterrorism, drugs and crime, refugees and peace and security.”
5. Wide shot, Council
6. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“The UN Regional Centre for Preventive Diplomacy for Central Asia has been working in close partnership with the CSTO to address the root causes of potential conflict and develop shared solutions to shared problems. Today, good working relations between the CSTO and our Regional Centre enable constructive early warning exchanges and regular contacts during security-related events in the region. The Centre is also promoting measures against cross-border crime, terrorism and drug trafficking to ensure conditions for peaceful sustainable development – all areas where we look forward to building our partnership with the CSTO.”
7. Wide shot, Council, CSTO Secretary-General Stanislav Zas on screen
8. SOUNDBITE (English) Stanislav Zas, Secretary-General, Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO):
“We pay in our work particular attention to our southern borders. Afghanistan remains a long-term ongoing source of danger, given the unfolding socio-economic and humanitarian disaster stemming from the country, as well as the terrorist threat and the risk of drug trafficking. That is all increasing. There has been also an unprecedented increase in tension on our western front, so to speak. In Eastern Europe, the ongoing expansion over recent years of troop formations, military infrastructure and military activity near our western border of CSTO member states, coupled with a lack of settlement in the east of Ukraine has led to the situation being on the cusp of slipping into military hostilities. We very much trust that the party certification process will be able to find acceptable solutions to the problem and to stop the deployment of military activities.”
9. Wide shot, Vershinin at the Council dais
10. SOUNDBITE (English) Sergey Vershinin, Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs, Russian Federation:
“We are concerned about the risks and threat to security of CSTO member states on our southern and western borders. Just like our allies within the CSTO, we cannot fail to be concerned by the potential military expansion of NATO right up to our borders. Over the past year, there's been intense stepping up of drills of NATO including alarmist propaganda that we cannot ignore.”
11. Wide shot, Council.

STORYLINE:

Secretary-General António Guterres today (16 Feb) told the Security Council that “now more than ever, a more effective United Nations depends on stronger and deeper cooperation with regional organizations,” and highlighted its cooperation with the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO), “notably in the areas of counterterrorism, drugs and crime, refugees and peace and security.”

Guterres said, “the CSTO has been an important partner for the UN” and added that “several Memoranda of Understanding and Protocols on Cooperation between the CSTO and various UN entities are testament to the increasing depth and breadth of our relationship.”

The Secretary-General pointed to three priority areas for strengthening relations across the peace and security spectrum, including cooperation on conflict prevention, counterterrorism and counter-narcotics; cooperation on peacekeeping; and cooperation in the context of Afghanistan.

He said, “the UN Regional Centre for Preventive Diplomacy for Central Asia has been working in close partnership with the CSTO to address the root causes of potential conflict and develop shared solutions to shared problems. Today, good working relations between the CSTO and our Regional Centre enable constructive early warning exchanges and regular contacts during security-related events in the region. The Centre is also promoting measures against cross-border crime, terrorism and drug trafficking to ensure conditions for peaceful sustainable development – all areas where we look forward to building our partnership with the CSTO.”

In his briefing to the Council, the CSTO’s Secretary-General, Stanislav Zas, said, “we pay in our work particular attention to our southern borders. Afghanistan remains a long-term ongoing source of danger, given the unfolding socio-economic and humanitarian disaster stemming from the country, as well as the terrorist threat and the risk of drug trafficking. That is all increasing.”

Zas, said, “there has been also an unprecedented increase in tension on our western front, so to speak. In Eastern Europe, the ongoing expansion over recent years of troop formations, military infrastructure and military activity near our western border of CSTO member states, coupled with a lack of settlement in the east of Ukraine has led to the situation being on the cusp of slipping into military hostilities. We very much trust that the party certification process will be able to find acceptable solutions to the problem and to stop the deployment of military activities.”

For his part, the Russian Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs, Sergey Vershinin, said, “we are concerned about the risks and threat to security of CSTO member states on our southern and western borders. Just like our allies within the CSTO, we cannot fail to be concerned by the potential military expansion of NATO right up to our borders. Over the past year, there's been intense stepping up of drills of NATO including alarmist propaganda that we cannot ignore.”

The Russian Federation holds the presidency of the Security Council for the month of February.
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