ArmInfo. In recent days, since July 12, a very dangerous development of events has occurred, when Azerbaijani forces used artillery, trying to penetrate the Armenian territory in the north-eastern part of Armenia, thereby increasing the risk of escalation. This was stated in an interview with Al-Jazeera by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Armenia Zohrab Mnatsakanyan.
He noted that efforts to reduce tension are currently a priority. "This is what we are working on, this is what we are working on with the co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group, the co-chairs of the group are France, Russia and the USA.
We need to ease the tension. Armenia has the opportunity to protect itself, Armenia is the guarantor of the security of Artsakh, war is not a solution. And there is no alternative to a peaceful settlement. We remain committed to this decision, we will work to de-escalate the situation, create an environment that promotes peace, contributes to the negotiation process, "the minister emphasized.
As for the details about exactly what steps are being taken to reduce the level of tension, the Armenian Foreign Minister stated that the fact that in the last 12-14 hours, relative calm was observed at the border, is encouraging. "We are in constant contact with the co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group, Russia, the United States and France. We are trying to find ways that will allow us to maintain relative calm, restore the ceasefire, which was established in 1994, and which is still valid today. The document was signed by Armenia, Artsakh and Azerbaijan. And now the full restoration of the ceasefire is our priority, "Mnatsakanyan emphasized.
The Armenian Foreign Minister also touched on the situation related to the CSTO and rumors that Armenia allegedly requested Russia to meet on the events unfolding at the border, but the reaction was unclear. "Armenia is a member of the CSTO. This is a Collective Security Treaty Organization, and together with our partners we clearly raise issues regarding the CSTO space of which Armenia is a part. We inform our partners about events, raise issues that, like in this case, are considered by us as necessary to represent collective actions. Obviously, as an Organization with its charter, we have all the tools in our hands, but we assess the situation, we evaluate the actions determined by the situation. We are in touch and in dialogue with our CSTO partners, " he noted.
Mnatsakanyan emphasized that the Prime Minister of the Republic of Armenia clearly stated that Armenia is the guarantor of the security of Artsakh, Armenia is responsible for the security of our compatriots in Artsakh, the physical existential security of our compatriots in Artsakh. "We remain committed to the peace process, it is obvious that Armenia has its own agenda in the field of development and welfare of its people. Artsakh and its people are currently in adverse conditions. Every effort is being made to isolate Artsakh from the outside world, which is unacceptable. Armenia, in every possible way supports the people of Artsakh so that they can live in conditions of security, peace and development. Nevertheless, I would like to emphasize that Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan was very consistent in his statements that the peace will become possible when we reach a compromise solution that will be acceptable to all peoples, peoples of Armenia, Artsakh and Azerbaijan. And we still expect reciprocity from the Azerbaijani leadership based on a compromise. However, the fact is that we are currently witnessing a more maximalist approach that does not take into account the fundamental priorities of Armenia and Artsakh. Our position is to find a solution that will be acceptable to everyone, we are working in this direction, " Zohrab Mnatsakanyan concluded.