ArmInfo.We are closely following the development of the situation on the Armenian-Azerbaijani border, especially in the border regions of the Syunik region of Armenia. CSTO Secretary General Stanislav Zas, speaking at the OSCE Forum for Security Cooperation (FSC), stated this.
"We welcome the intention of the parties to resolve the issues of passing the state border peacefully. We see the prospect of establishing a long-term peace there. At the same time, the risks of aggravation of the situation still remain," Zas said.
At the same time, he stated that in the Caucasian region of the CSTO collective security, in the six months that have passed since the cessation of hostilities in the zone of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, as a result of the adoption of a trilateral statement by the President of Azerbaijan, the Prime Minister of Armenia and the President of Russia, there have been positive developments in resolving the situation. "The deployment of the Russian peacekeeping contingent, the efforts of international negotiators to resume a comprehensive Nagorno-Karabakh settlement create the basis for establishing a long-term peace. The situation" in the field "is gradually stabilizing. The main thing is that there are no more shootings," the CSTO Secretary General believes.
Zas stated that despite all the difficult circumstances, it is possible to maintain control in the area of responsibility of the CSTO. He also pointed to the increasing coordination of actions of the CSTO member states on topical issues of foreign policy in such a difficult time. "Let me thank the Armenian Chairmanship of the OSCE Forum for Security Co-operation for the invitation to speak at today's session. I believe that my speech today at a meeting of one of the oldest and main OSCE decision-making bodies reflects the common interest of the OSCE participating States and the CSTO member states in countering modern challenges and threats, ensuring the creation of a single and indivisible security space in Europe and Eurasia, "the CSTO Secretary General added.
Summing up his speech, Zas noted that the CSTO will increase its participation in global efforts to ensure peace and security, consistently advocating the settlement of international and regional conflicts, primarily armed ones, exclusively by peaceful political and diplomatic means within the framework of internationally recognized negotiation formats, based on universally recognized principles and norms of international law without a selective approach.
Permanent Representatives to the CSTO from Armenia and Russia and delegations from Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan also attended the OSCE Forum. Various proposals were voiced on further ways of interaction between the CSTO and the OSCE.