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RIA Novosti

MOSCOW, March (RIA Novosti) - Kyrgyz Defense Ministry personnel will take part in the command post exercise (CPX) Rubezh 2005 slated for April 2-6 in Tajikistan, a Kyrgyz Defense Ministry spokesman told the Kyrgyzinfo news agency.

Particularly, 25 servicemen of the Kyrgyz special forces were deployed to Tajikistan on March 21 for joint training during phase II of the exercise.

The exercise will be focused on establishing political and military interaction in the Central Asian area of operations (AO), including preparing and conducting joint operations by the governmental bodies and military commanders of the Collective Security Treaty Organization member states (Russia, Belarus, Armenia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan) to provide security to Central Asian countries from any military threat.

Phase I of Exercise Rubezh 2005 is to be a joint staff exercise designed to gauge the efficiency of the decision-making arrangement and enable various staff officers to hone their skills in crafting decisions on stabilizing the situation in the regions, if need be.

Phase II is to be the active part of Exercise Rubezh 2005. It provides for the militaries of the CSTO signatories and the Collective Rapid Deployment Forces to conduct a tactical-level live-fire exercise at a training center in the vicinity of Dushanbe.

Preparing and conducting joint operations to uphold the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Tajikistan by the CSTO signatory's collective security forces will be practiced.

There are also plans for coordinating the operations of Tajikistan's borderguards, law enforcement agencies and secret services with the CIS antiterrorist bodies to counter threats to national, regional and international security.

The militaries of Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Russia and Tajikistan, as well as the CSTO Joint Staff and Secretariat, CIS Antiterrorist Center for Central Asia, standing task force and Collective Rapid Deployment Forces Staff headquartered in the Kyrgyz capital city of Bishkek are to furnish their response teams for the exercise.

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