Armenia considers the use of terrorist groups for military and political gains by individual countries unacceptable and wants to stem the tide of international terrorism within the borders of the Collective Security Treaty Organization member-states, said Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan during the Russia-led group’s summit in Dushanbe, Tajikistan on Friday.
Armenia took over the rotating presidency of the CSTO on Thursday.
“Our meeting is taking place at a time when radical changes in Afghanistan have created an absolutely new situation in the country, which significantly impacts developments, not only in that country and the region, but also around the world,” Pashinyan said, according to Armenpress. “We are closely following the developments in and around Afghanistan.”
He said statements emanating from Afghanistan about a possible end to military operations, the creation of an inclusive coalition government, respecting women’s rights in the Islamic legal system and eradicating the production of illegal substance were accepted with optimism by the international community.
“The implementation of such actions would have contributed to the establishment peace, discipline and stability in the country. However, we have to note that, at this stage, these intensions are not evident yet in the actions of the Taliban,” said Pashinyan.
“We are confident that a guarantee for a long-term settlement of the situation in Afghanistan is the fair political process with the involvement of all Afghans and with the representation of all ethnic and religious communities in the country,” added Pashinyan.
For this purpose, he said, all sides must reaffirm their readiness to resolve all disagreements exclusively through dialogue and negotiations.
“As a member state of the CSTO, we wish to see peace in the regions within CSTO’s purview,” said Pashinyan.
“Without adequate response at the proper time, this could lead to further escalation of the situation and the infiltration of terrorist networks into neighboring countries and especially conflict zones,” warned Pashinyan. “We strongly condemn terrorism and extremism in all their forms and manifestations.”
Pashinyan called for closer dialogue and mutual partnership to combat terrorism, first of all at the level of law enforcement agencies and special services, proposing exchange of experience and information, as well as conducting effective joint operations for neutralizing terror threats within the CSTO’s operating mechanisms.