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 Wednesday, November 23 2022 13:49
Marianna Mkrtchyan

CSTO Secretary General: Draft decision on joint measures to provide  assistance to Armenia agreed

CSTO Secretary General: Draft decision on joint measures to provide  assistance to Armenia agreed

ArmInfo. In the Caucasus region under the responsibility of the CSTO, the efforts of the leadership of Armenia and other participants are playing a positive  role in the direction of reaching peaceful agreements, legalizing  borders and unblocking transport communications. 

CSTO Secretary General Stanislav Zas stated on November 23 in Yerevan at a regular meeting of the Council of Ministers of Foreign Affairs, CMO and secretaries of the CSTO Security Council.

"At the same time, the tension on the Armenian-Azerbaijani border  still remains. The information that comes to us through the CSTO  Crisis Response Center confirms that there are skirmishes on the  border almost daily.  In this regard, three extraordinary sessions of  the Collective Security Council in May, September and October of this  year were devoted to the discussion of threats to the Republic of  Armenia. In general, a draft decision was agreed on joint measures to  provide assistance to Armenia, prepared on the basis of the  conclusions and proposals of the CSTO monitoring mission," the CSTO  Secretary General said.  At the same time, he assured that the  political consultation mechanisms operating within the framework of  the CSTO allow the member states of the organization to reach  consensus in assessing the international situation, to coordinate  approaches to issues of mutual interest.  

On September 13, at 00:05 am, units of the Azerbaijani Armed Forces  began intensive shelling of Armenian positions from artillery and  large-caliber guns in the direction of Gegharkunik, Vayots Dzor and  Syunik regions using UAVs.  Attacks were also made on civilian  infrastructure facilities. Armenia applied to the CSTO in connection  with the aggression of Azerbaijan against the sovereign territory of  Armenia.  According to the RA Prime Minister, on the 4th point of the  Charter. On September 13, following an extraordinary session of the  CSTO Collective Security Council, an agreement was reached on sending  a CSTO Mission to the Republic of Armenia "to assess the current  situation, prepare a detailed report to the heads of state." In  addition, at the meeting it was decided to form a working group "from  the employees of the secretariat and the military personnel of the  joint headquarters for constant monitoring of the situation in the  area of responsibility of the CSTO." And already on October 12,  Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, at a meeting with his  Armenian counterpart Ararat Mirzoyan in Astana, said that the CSTO  was ready to send its observers to Armenia, this requires a decision  of the Collective Security Council.  Yerevan also stated the  importance of the political statements of the allied countries, as  well as the implementation of practical steps to ensure the  withdrawal of the Azerbaijani Armed Forces from the sovereign  territory of the Republic of Armenia.

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