VIENNA -– Politico-military co-operation in Central Asia will be one of the priorities during Tajikistan's chairmanship of the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) Forum for Security Co-operation (FSC), Tajik Deputy Foreign Minister Zohir Saidzoda said in Vienna Wednesday (May 8).
Tajikistan intends to perform its chairmanship duties in good faith, honouring the principles of equality, mutual respect, balance and continuity, Saidzoda told OSCE participating states and partners at the FSC.
This is Tajikistan's first time serving as FSC chair, which rotates every four months, he said.
"Our main task will be to continue the ongoing work in further improving the control mechanisms in the politico-military field," he said.
Tajikistan views the OSCE as a unique organisation able to confront a broad range of security issues and to act effectively, he said.
"A special focus of Tajikistan's chairmanship will be drawing the FSC's attention to politico-military aspects of security in the Central Asian context, and the need to strengthen the OSCE's co-operation with regional organisations in Central Asia," he said of his country's other priorities.
"The presence of an immense number of munitions and weapons in the northern territories of Afghanistan suggests that the long-term border situation will remain unstable," he warned about Tajikistan's war-stricken neighbour.