Armenia Security Council chief counters CSTO border "incident" stance

July 6, 2021 – 18:51 AMT

PanARMENIAN.Net – Secretary of the Security Council of Armen Grigoryan held telephone talks with CSTO Secretary General Stanislav Zas, during which he expressed concern about some formulations and assessments voiced by the CSTO Secretary General on July 3.

The phone conversation came after Zas described the Azerbaijani military’s incursion into Armenia as a “border incident” which he said does not fall under the provisions of the CSTO charter on collective defense.

The Security Council chief said the current situation cannot be described as “an incident”, since the Azerbaijani servicemen have not left the sovereign territory of the Republic of Armenia for a long time.

“Considering that the actions of the Azerbaijani side are an obvious attempt to occupy a part of the sovereign territory of Armenia, Armen Grigoryan once again stressed that it is necessary to exercise restraint in assessments coming from the CSTO Secretariat, so as not to jeopardize constructive efforts to resolve the situation”, reads a message from the Security Council.

At the end of the conversation, Grigoryan recommended organizing a trip for the CSTO secretariat so that the organization can learn more about the situation on the Armenian-Azerbaijani border.

The Collective Security Treaty Organization is a military alliance in Eurasia, of which Armenia is a member. The CSTO was contacted days after the Azerbaijani forces violated Armenia’s border in several sections in the provinces of Syunik and Gegharkunik on May 12 and 13. The Azeri military is still refusing to withdraw their troops from the area. One Armenian serviceman was killed in Azerbaijan’s shooting on May 25, six troops were captured on May 27, although four of them have already returned home.

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