Belarus, Azerbaijan adopt joint statement on Karabakh settlement

Belarus, Azerbaijan adopt joint statement on Karabakh settlement

PanARMENIAN.Net - Minsk and Baku stand for the resolution of the Nagorno Karabakh conflict in accordance with the international law, reads a joint statement of Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko and Azeri President Ilham Aliyev of Azerbaijan adopted on Monday, November 28, BelTA reports.

“The parties note the importance of the settlement of the conflict in accordance with the universally recognized principles and norms of international law, primarily on the basis of respect for the sovereignty, territorial integrity and inviolability of state borders, and also the relevant UN Security Council resolutions and the OSCE decisions,” the statement says.

Referring to the efforts of the OSCE towards a peaceful settlement of the Karabakh conflict, the activity of the OSCE Minsk Group and its Co-chairs, the heads of state noted the importance of giving them an additional political impetus to make them more effective and speed up the resolution of this conflict. The document notes that the countries will continue to make concerted efforts to strengthen international and regional security, enhance the effectiveness of multilateral cooperation in the fight against terrorism, drug trafficking, transnational organized crime, trafficking in persons and other contemporary challenges and threats.

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).

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