ArmInfo.The processes taking place in the CSTO are not a game, but an international political process in which each state protects its interests. The political analyst Alexander Markarov said this in an interview with ArmInfo correspondent, referring to the scandal surrounding the post of the CSTO Secretary General.
At the same time, the political scientist added that each country in this regard is ready to present its arguments on how the processes within the CSTO should proceed.
He stated that Armenia, of course, is convinced that it must continue to fulfill the powers of the CSTO Secretary General. "Of course, Armenia should first of all be guided by its own interests in this issue, and either keep the post of General Secretary, or compromise, while developing legal mechanisms that will regulate the process of replacing the General Secretary under force majeure circumstances," the political scientist said.
At the same time, Markarov believes that the compromise in this case on the part of Armenia will be the preservation in this post of acting. CSTO Secretary General Valeria Semerikova: "If the heads of state still fail to reach a consensus on December 6, it will be more acceptable for Armenia to automatically continue to fulfill the Semerikov powers than transfer the post to a representative of another state," the expert said.
To note, after the diplomatic scandal that erupted between Armenia and Belarus, Acting Secretary General of the CSTO Valery Semerikov commented: "As noted by the results of the Astana Summit on November 8, President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Abishevich Nazarbayev will be continued by members of the CSTO Collective Security Council consideration of the question of the Secretary General of the Organization. As you know, we have an emergency situation: Yuri Khachaturov, on the proposal of the Armenian side, by the decision of the Council of the collective security has been relieved of his post, and now the duties of the Secretary General of the CSTO are entrusted to me.
On 8 November, the CSTO members in Astana have several approaches, including the implementation of the rotation principle in the Russian alphabet provided for by the CSC decision (in this case, the following is the Republic of Belarus). It was about this principle that the President of Kazakhstan spoke about, summing up the discussion in Astana. Another position (Armenia) is to appoint a representative for the time remaining until the end of the three-year period; many countries have questioned the effectiveness of such a step. The Collective Security Council will continue to review this issue traditionally in the spirit of constructive engagement and alliance. At the same time, I want to emphasize that the decision in any case will be taken purely in the format of the six CSTO countries on the basis of consensus, taking into account the interests of all parties. And I very much hope that the media will display excerpts in various comments that do not reflect the reality of the current process regarding the appointment of the Secretary General of the Organization. In general, I want to assure you that the Secretariat and the CSTO Joint Headquarters fully perform the tasks assigned to them by the CSC to ensure the security of the Organization's member states. "