Armenia to receive necessary aid in Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, CSTO

Armenia Materials 21 February 2012 15:13 (UTC +04:00)

"Armenia is a full CSTO member. It is obliged to present its capabilities to ensure the collective security of another country and has the right to receive the same support from its allies," Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) Secretary General Nikolai Bordyuzha said today at a news conference in RIA Novosti.

He said it is impossible to envisage a crisis situation in CSTO member states.

"There are scenarios similar to those in Kyrgyzstan," he said. "There are scenarios for how a crisis could develop in Belarus, Russia or Kazakhstan. Everything depends on the particular format of actiona and in which country the situation arises."

Bordyuzha said besides the Collective Rapid Reaction Forces, the CSTO has the political and peacekeeping potential of influencing the environment.

"We have potential associated with the use of operational units to combat terrorism and the drug mafia, as well as criminal gangs in the area of information security and migration," Bordyuzha said.

"However, I reiterate that Armenia will receive all necessary assistance as a full member," he concluded.

The 20th anniversary of signing the Treaty on Collective Security Treaty (CST) and the 10th anniversary of the CSTO establishment, which includes such countries as Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan are marked this year.

The conflict between the two South Caucasus countries began in 1988 when Armenia made territorial claims against Azerbaijan. Armenian armed forces have occupied 20 per cent of Azerbaijan since 1992, including the Nagorno-Karabakh region and seven surrounding districts.

Azerbaijan and Armenia signed a ceasefire agreement in 1994. The co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group - Russia, France and the U.S. - are currently holding peace negotiations.

Armenia has not yet implemented the U.N. Security Council's four resolutions on the liberation of the Nagorno-Karabakh and the surrounding regions.