The Speaker of the National Assembly Alen Simonyan addressed the sitting of the CSTO PA Council being held in Yerevan.
“Partners, last year Armenia assumed the chairmanship of the Collective Security Treaty Organization. I would like to inform you in general terms about 2021-2022. On the implementation of the priorities of the presidency of the Republic of Armenia in the CSTO during
Assuming the chairmanship of the organization as a priority, the task was set to modernize the mechanisms of crisis response, monitoring, crisis forecasting and prevention. I would like to note with satisfaction that appropriate steps have been taken in these areas. We are talking about crisis response mechanisms.
As you know, earlier this year, taking into account the application of the President of Kazakhstan Mr. Toka, Armenia, as the country holding the CSTO presidency, initiated urgent consultations with the leaders of the organization, as a result of which Prime Minister Pashinyan announced his decision to send CSTO peacekeepers. The results of the peacekeeping operation confirmed the organization ‘s readiness to take timely measures to respond to the security challenges and threats of the member states, demonstrated the role of the CSTO in maintaining regional stability. We have always believed that the CSTO crisis response mechanisms must work properly. Before that, Armenia was in a situation where we expected the mechanisms to work, but, unfortunately, that did not happen.
Armenia pays special attention to the deepening of foreign policy coordination, mutual assistance for the development of agreed approaches to international and regional issues, which affect the interests of the CSTO member states. We are absolutely convinced that such unity should be manifested towards any union state of the organization.
This year, significant efforts are aimed at improving the organization’s crisis response system in the Collective Security Zones, modernizing the relevant decision-making mechanism, first of all, developing a normative-legal framework, as well as establishing cooperation within the Crisis Response Center.
The next priority of the Republic of Armenia is the further development of the CSTO troops (collective forces), maintaining their readiness to carry out the intended tasks, taking into account the forecast of changing the dynamics of the military-political situation in the regions adjacent to the CSTO area of responsibility.
I would like to emphasize the role of the parliamentary dimension of the organization, in which our priorities are the approximation and harmonization of the national legislation of the CSTO member states in the field of security, taking into account the challenges and threats, including in the digital, economic, financial and environmental spheres.
We are also making efforts for the continuous institutional development and activation of the Parliamentary Assembly. In this context, I consider timely the proposal to improve the structure of the CSTO Parliamentary Assembly.
It should be noted that the presidency of the Republic of Armenia is going through a period of complex transformation of the world security architecture.
We are witnessing that the situation in the CSTO area of responsibility is tense, անդամ the member states of the organization continue to face new challenges and threats. The potential for conflict continues to grow across the borders of the Allied Powers. The situation on the border between Tajikistan and Afghanistan is difficult. We hope that the existing problems between the conflicting countries will be resolved through diplomacy. The situation in Nagorno Karabakh remains tense. Unfortunately, Azerbaijan continues to pursue a rather aggressive policy towards Armenia and Nagorno Karabakh. The intrusion of Azerbaijani units into the area of responsibility of Russian peacekeepers in Nagorno Karabakh is a matter of concern. We hope that the representatives of the Russian peacekeeping contingent, which play a key role in ensuring the security of the Armenian population of Nagorno Karabakh, will restore order in 2020. The status quo of the November 9 trilateral statement.
The Republic of Armenia is committed to 2020. The fulfillment of all the agreements of November 9, the next trilateral statements of the heads of state. In the context of the humanitarian problems created by the 44-day war, the priority is the unconditional immediate immediate return of Armenian prisoners of war and other civilians held in Azerbaijan, as well as the preservation of the Armenian religious and cultural heritage in the territories under Azerbaijani control.
Dear Colleagues, I would like to emphasize once again that the Nagorno Karabakh conflict is not a territorial dispute, it is a question of the right of the Armenians of Nagorno Karabakh to live safely in their homeland. We believe that the OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chairs should play a key role in advancing the peace process in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. At the same time, we call on the Azerbaijani leadership not to undermine the steps taken to ensure stability and peace in the South Caucasus with their belligerent, expansionist rhetoric.
Armenia is committed to the establishment of peace, prosperity in the region, and has repeatedly stated its readiness to start negotiations on normalization of relations with Azerbaijan. In order to achieve comprehensive peace, we supplemented the agenda with our proposals and handed them over to the OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chairs.
“In conclusion, I would like to note that no matter how urgent the development priorities of the organization voiced by Armenia are, results can be achieved only through joint efforts to further strengthen the collective security system, constructive and effective cooperation and dynamic development of allied relations between member states.” stated Alen Simonyan.
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