Belarusian general approved for position of CSTO Secretary General

Stanislau Zas, Belarus Security Council Head, has been approved for the post of Secretary General of the Collective Security Treaty Organization.

This was agreed on May 22 at a meeting of the Council of Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the CSTO held in Bishkek, the STV reports.

Stanislau Zas is to start work in January. The decision on his appointment will be made in the autumn at a meeting of the CSTO heads of state.

Last year, Armenia recalled its representative Yuri Khachaturov, who became the CSTO Secretary General in April 2017, in connection with a criminal case on the bloody crackdown on an opposition demonstration in 2008.

Following the results of the session of the Collective Security Council of the CSTO, the former president of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev stated that the representative of Belarus should be elected as the next Secretary General after Armenia. The information was later confirmed by Alyaksandr Lukashenka.

Yerevan, however, insisted that the post of the CSTO Secretary General should be filled by a representative of Armenia until 2020.

The CSTO includes Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia and Tajikistan.