Thursday, November 24, 2022

Pashinyan Refuses to Sign CSTO Agreement on Armenia Citing Lack of Response on Azerbaijan’s Attacks

The Collective Security Treaty Organization, whose leaders convened a summit in Yerevan on Wednesday, failed to provide a decisive condemnation to Azerbaijan for its forces launching a large-scale attack on Armenia’s sovereign territory.

Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan told the leaders of the CSTO member-states that he would not sign a draft declaration by the group about providing assistance to Armenia due to lack of a political assessment regarding the situation.

Pashinyan said that Armenia expects the CSTO to accelerate the necessary political and diplomatic work with Azerbaijan to ensure the immediate and unconditional withdrawal of Azerbaijani troops from the sovereign territory of the Republic of Armenia to their original positions as of May 11, 2021.

“Such a position is important not only for restoring the territorial integrity of the Republic of Armenia, but also for deterring Azerbaijan from further aggressive actions against our country. The fact that the risk of a new aggression by Azerbaijan against the territorial integrity of Armenia remains was reported by CSTO Secretary General Stanislav Zas at an extraordinary meeting of the Collective Security Council on October 28 this year,” explained Pashinyan

“Under these conditions, the lack of a clear political assessment of the situation and the failure to make the above decision may not only signal the CSTO’s refusal carry out its obligations toward allies, but may also be interpreted by Azerbaijan as a green light from the CSTO for further aggression against Armenia,” Pashinyan said.

“And this contradicts not only the letter, but also the spirit and meaning of the fundamental documents of the CSTO. Therefore, based on this, at the moment I believe that the draft ‘Declarations of the CSTO CSC and on joint measures to provide assistance to the Republic of Armenia’ submitted for signing is not sufficiently finalized, and with all due respect, I am not ready to sign these documents in this form,” Pashinyan declared.

The prime minister said that during the past two years, CSTO member Armenia has been subjected to aggression by Azerbaijan at least three times.

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