YEREVAN (ArmRadio)—The Foreign Ministers of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) member states adopted a statement on the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict on Monday, expressing support for the agreements reached at the summits of Vienna and St. Petersburg held on May 16 and June 20 “targeted at the prevention of the unacceptable escalation in the conflict zone, stabilization of the situation and creation of conditions for furthering the negotiation process.”
The Foreign Ministers stressed the need to solve the Karabakh conflict in a peaceful way and expressed support for the efforts of the OSCE Minsk Group towards settlement of the conflict on the basis of the norms of international law, the United Nations Charter and provisions of the Helsinki Final Act – “non-use of force and the threat of force, territorial integrity and the right of peoples to self-determination.”
The statement was signed by the Foreign Ministers of Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia and Tajikistan.
The Foreign Ministers of Armenia and Russia, Edward Nalbandian and Sergey Lavrov, had a meeting on the sidelines of the sitting of the CSTO Council of Foreign Ministers in Yerevan.
The Ministers referred to issues related to Armenian-Russian allied relations, the process of implementation of the agreements reached between the leaders of the two countries.
The interlocutors discussed the steps towards implementation of the agreements reached at the Vienna and St. Petersburg summits on Nagorno-Karabakh.
Edward Nalbandian and Sergey Lavrov exchanged views on the urgent regional and international issues.
President Serzh Sarkisian also received the Secretary General of the CSTO, Nikolay Bordyuzha, and members of the CSTO Council of Foreign Ministers.
Sarkisian attached importance to the activities of the Council targeted at raising the effectiveness of cooperation between foreign policies of the CSTO member states.
He voiced hope that the sitting would be held in a constructive atmosphere and would result in the adoption of the CSTO collective security strategy by 2025.
He also discussed consistent implementation of the principled agreements to consider each other’s vital interests on the international arena.
The CSTO Secretary General reported on the issues on the agenda of the sitting of the Foreign Ministers’ Council and the future plans and programs envisaged during the Armenian presidency.