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Security authorities meet in Kazakhstan

ALMATY, Kazakhstan, May 26 (UPI) -- Top security authorities gathered in Kazakhstan Tuesday for a seminar to address security in Central Asia and the South Caucasus regions.

The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe is supporting a two-day seminar designed to bring together military and other security experts from Armenia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan among others to discuss and evaluate measures to build security and confidence in the region, the OSCE reported.

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Officials say the security authorities will address developments of the defense policy and military activities treaty, the OSCE Vienna Document 1999, among other security topics.

"This seminar is a catalyst for new ideas and will allow for improvements in the fulfillment of commitments made in international treaties and agreements in the area of arms control," said Alexandre Keltchewsky, head of the OSCE Center in Astana, Kazakhstan.

"It also further strengthens confidence- and security-building measures between OSCE participating states, particularly in Central Asia and the South Caucasus."

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