Belarusian president approves appointment of CSTO's new secretary general

Source:Xinhua Published: 2018/12/22 9:52:16

Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko on Friday approved the appointment of Belarusian Security Council State Secretary Stanislav Zas as the new secretary general of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO).

Lukashenko also supported Zas' appointment by signing the corresponding draft resolution of the CSTO Collective Security Council, the presidential press service said Friday.

Holding a working meeting with Zas, Lukashenko said earlier that Belarus had more than one candidate.

He decided on Zas' candidacy to demonstrate that "it was time for us to move away from some formal appointment of retired generals to the appointment of young promising generals in order to add importance to the organization."

Formed in 1992, the CSTO is a Russia-led military alliance grouping six former Soviet republics -- Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia and Tajikistan.

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