Soldiers from the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) are leaving Kazakhstan having achieved their objectives, now that the region has been stabilized, the head of the six-member military alliance announced on Thursday.
At a ceremony in Almaty, CSTO Secretary General Stanislav Zas said that Kazakh leaders had decided that unrest had subsided to a level that would allow the peacekeepers to withdraw.
“It’s obvious that [the pullout] was not early,” he clarified. “The situation here in Almaty has been placed under the control of law-enforcement personnel, and that is why the task has been fulfilled.”
“A conclusion was made that the situation had stabilized and the local forces are sufficient,” the chief went on. “The withdrawal of the forces is beginning today, stage by stage and in a calm manner, within ten days or perhaps earlier and will depend on weather. We will return all the peacekeepers home.”
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