SCO’s counterterrorism structure ready to help Kazakhstan if it asks – world

MOSCOW, January 7. / TASS /. The regional counterterrorism structure (RATS) of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) is ready to provide assistance to Kazakhstan at the request of its relevant agencies, the SCO RATS executive committee said on Friday.

“[The Executive Committee] expresses its readiness to provide the necessary assistance of SCO RATS if there is a corresponding request from the competent body of Kazakhstan, ”he said.

SCO RATS expressed deep concern about the situation in Kazakhstan. However, she stressed that she was convinced that the measures taken in that country would help stabilize the situation as soon as possible. “[The Executive Committee] expressed its full support for the resolute and comprehensive measures taken by the country’s leadership to ensure public security and protect the constitutional system of Kazakhstan. We are convinced that the measures taken by the government, the police and the special agencies will make it possible to put an end to the illegal actions of terrorist groups and cells and of bandits as soon as possible “, he declared. .

SCO RATS also offered its condolences to the families of military and law enforcement personnel killed in the riots.

Protests erupted in several Kazakh towns on January 2 only to turn into mass riots with attacks on government buildings in many towns several days later. Thousands of people have been injured and deaths have also been reported. Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev asked for help from the Collective Security Treaty Organization, or CSTO, a post-Soviet security bloc. CSTO peacekeepers have already been deployed to Kazakhstan. According to the Kazakh authorities, public order had been restored in all regions of the country by the morning of January 7. However, the situation in Almaty remains very tense.

Ida M. Morgan