YEREVAN, August 11. /ARKA/. Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan, asked why the Collective Security Treaty Organization didn’t react to the recent incidents on Armenian-Azerbaijani contact line, said there was no need to interfere.
In late July and early August, raids from the Azerbaijani side became frequent. As a result, 25 Azerbaijani and six Nagorno-Karabakh servicemen have been killed.
“There was no need to do this,” the president said in an interview with ArmNews TV Channel. “The Collective Security Treaty Organization’s position is always due to the appealing side’s actions. Of course, the organization could react to that, and this could due to only technical issues.”
Sargsyan said referring to the information he has that the CSTO secretary general would visit Armenia soon.
“This is already expression of attitude,” he said in his televised interview. “I think media representatives will get a chance to put this question to him. I think there was no necessity to involve the CSTO in that. I think some people are wrong in thinking that Azerbaijan would immediately stop its actions, if the CSTO interfered.”
The CSTO has expressed its stance yet in the 2012 document, he said, and this document has not lost its force. “This stance is clear,” he added.
The fourth provision of the Collective Security Treaty states that if one of its member countries becomes a target of aggression, this is considered as aggression against all CSTO member countries and all of them must support the country providing necessary assistance, including military assistance, to it.
The CSTO was established in 1992. Its member countries are Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. --0---