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 Thursday, June 10 2021 10:01
Marianna Mkrtchyan

CSTO Secretary General: Risks of aggravation of the situation on the  Armenian-Azerbaijani border still remain

CSTO Secretary General: Risks of aggravation of the situation on the  Armenian-Azerbaijani border still remain

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. 


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