Defense Minister on peacekeepers, attacks and presidential talks

Defense Minister on peacekeepers, attacks and presidential talks

PanARMENIAN.Net - Armenian Defense Minister Seyran Ohanyan commented on rumors about possible deployment of peacekeepers in the Nagorno Karabakh conflict zone.

“Karabakh conflict zone is probably the only one, where the ceasefire is observed by the sides without any help from outside,” Minister Ohanyan said, adding that “we can resolve all the problems under our own steam.”

As to Artsakh war veterans, the minister said, they will always be inseparable part of Armenian armed forces and will defend the homeland in case of necessity. He described the communication between the servicemen and veterans as “extremely important and strengthening the morale of the army.”

“Azerbaijan is continuously preparing for war and Armenia should be ready to counteract anytime,” Ohanyan said.

He also said that during the recent day, the Armenian servicemen prevented over 20 cross-border attacks by the Azeri forces, Panorama.am reported.

Meanwhile, according to Raz.info, Minister Ohanyan also touched upon the upcoming Russia-hosted meeting between the Armenian and Azerbaijani Presidents and its impact on the current situation.

According to him, Azerbaijan is trying to escalate tensions before the talks and will hardly fully observe the ceasefire afterwards.

“That’s why Artsakh army should always be on alert,” he said.

As to the possibility to request assistance of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO), Minister Ohanyan said there is no need for that at the moment.

CSTO

The Collective Security Treaty Organization, formed under the framework of the Commonwealth of Independent States, serves as a mutual defense alliance among Russia, Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and Tajikistan. The Collective Security Treaty (CST) was signed on May 15, 1992 for five-year term, with the possibility of prolongation. On December 2, 2004 the General Assembly of the United Nations adopted the Resolution to grant the observer status to the Collective Security Treaty Organization in the General Assembly of the United Nations. The goal of the Collective Security Treaty Organization is to strengthen peace and international and regional security and stability and to ensure collective protection of independence, territorial integrity and sovereignty of Member States, in the attainment of which Member States shall give priority to political methods. On February 4, 2009, the CSTO leaders approved formation of Collective Rapid Reaction Force (RRF).

The conflict between Nagorno Karabakh and Azerbaijan

The conflict between Nagorno Karabakh and Azerbaijan broke out as result of the ethnic cleansing launched by the Azeri authorities in the final years of the Soviet Union. The Karabakh War was fought from 1991 (when the Nagorno Karabakh Republic was proclaimed) to 1994 (when a ceasefire was sealed by Armenia, NKR and Azerbaijan). Most of Nagorno Karabakh and a security zone consisting of 7 regions are now under control of NKR defense army. Armenia and Azerbaijan are holding peace talks mediated by the OSCE Minsk Group up till now.

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