August 10, 2021 – 13:36 AMT
PanARMENIAN.Net – The Secretary General of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) Stanislav Zas believes that the opportunities for resolving the Armenian-Azerbaijani border conflict politically aren’t exhausted and more work is necessary in the Armenia-Azerbaijan-Russia format.
According to Zas, the situation at the Armenian-Azerbaijani border is under the permanent focus of the CSTO, Armenpress reports.
Currently in Armenia, Zas visited a military base in Ararat Province and was asked by a reporter about the proposals the CSTO has developed regarding the resolution of the border situation and why the organization doesn’t issue clear and simple assessment to the incidents taking place at the Armenian-Azerbaijani border.
“We are carrying out organized monitoring, including with the help of Armenian state structures. Of course, we think that the incidents taking place at the border of Armenia and Azerbaijan pose a threat to the security of the Caucasus region of the CSTO’s responsibility and of course the security of Armenia, a member of the organization. If we speak about the ways of solving the issue, we believe that the opportunities for a political resolution of the situation aren’t exhausted, and this would actually be the best option for everyone,” Zas said.
The Secretary General highlighted Russia’s mediation in the matter. That is why all actions of the CSTO stem from this very perception of the situation, he added.
“We are seriously concerned that lately the clashes at the border have increased and intensity is seen. This doesn’t contribute to launching the abovementioned work. And besides, this complicates the implementation of the key agreements which have been reached between the leaders of Armenia, Azerbaijan and Russia regarding seeking ways to end the Nagorno Karabakh conflict and establish peace in the region. We expect that all sides will understand this and will take steps to resolve disputes politically,” he said.
Zas earlier met Armenian Defense Minister Arshak Karapetyan who said the patience of the Armenian side was not inexhaustible.