YEREVAN (ArmRadio)— “The recent developments showed that the sooner Artsakh gets involved in the negotiations, the more effectively the talks will proceed,” Armenian Deputy Foreign Minister Shavarsh Kocharyan told reporters following the government sitting today.
Speaking about the Kazan document, the Deputy Foreign Minister said “it’s almost the same as the Madrid Principles with some positive changes for the Armenian side.”
As CSTO’s reaction to the four-day war in Artsakh, Kocharyan said “the CSTO Secretariat and Secretary General Nikolay Bordyuzha responded to the development, and added that “Armenia has not applied for advice from the CSTO Council and therefore has no expectations from it.”
“Armenia should rely on itself, while simultaneously maintaining relationships with every country, particularly the allies,” Kocharyan said.
The Deputy Foreign Minister noted that being part of an organization does not yet mean gaining full support. “Neither the international law nor the international organizations are ideal,” he said.
Had the international law been ideal, there would not be a Karabakh issue, as self-determination is a core principle prominently embodied in Article I of the Charter of the United Nations.
President Serzh Sargsyan received today CSTO secretary general Nikolay Bordyuzha, Chief of the CSTO Joint Staff, and the heads of delegation of the general staffs of the CSTO member states – Russia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan – who arrived in Armenia to participate in the eighth sitting of the CSTO Military Committee.
The guests briefed President Sargsyan on the issues on the agenda of the Military Committee sitting and their role in the reinforcement of the CSTO military component. The interlocutors exchanged views on the steps toward raising the level of efficiency of CSTO activity. Reference was made to issues related to ensuring security and stability in the Caucasus region, namely the situation created as a result of the military actions unleashed by Azerbaijan along the Nagorno Karabakh line of contact.