CSTO Secretary-General: "Current situation paves the way for complete peaceful resolution of Karabakh problem"
- 02 February 2021
The position of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) regarding Nagorno-Karabakh has not changed, said Secretary-General of the CSTO Stanislav Zas at the press conference on results of the organization in 2020 today, APA's bureau in Moscow reports.
"Position of the CSTO regarding this issue has been sounded for many times. We were in favor of ceasing military operations and peaceful resolution of the current problems in the region beforehand. This position has not changed. As for, CSTO's not interfering in this issue, it should not be thought that our organization just issue statements on ceasing fire and the requirement of passing behind a table.
No, this is not so. One should understand that has a treaty base, where it is clearly written about the CSTO's assistance to one or another state in terms of security. Article 4 of the treaty clearly states that in the event of an attack, aggression, threat to the sovereignty and territorial integrity of a CSTO member state, it is provided with comprehensive military assistance at the request of that country.
There were no appeals from the Armenian side regarding the CSTO's military assistance in this incident. Therefore, we did not activate this mechanism and did not consider,” S. Zas noted.
The CSTO Secretary-General has also emphasized that he welcomes the trilateral statement signed between Russia, Azerbaijan, and Armenia: “We consider that the current situation creates conditions for a complete peaceful settlement of the Karabakh conflict.”