Statement by Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Armenia Ararat Mirzoyan following the CSTO Council of Ministers of Foreign Affairs

10 June, 2022

On June 10, following the meeting of the CSTO Council of Ministers of Foreign Affairs, Foreign Minister Ararat Mirzoyan and CSTO Secretary General Stanislav Zas delivered statements to the press. In his speech, Foreign Minister of Armenia Ararat Mirzoyan particularly noted: 

"Dear Stanislav Zas,

Ladies and gentlemen,

We concluded the meeting of the Council of Foreign Ministers of the Collective Security Treaty Organization, which was attended by the Foreign Ministers of the CSTO member states and the CSTO Secretary General.

This year we celebrate the 30th anniversary of the signing of the Collective Security Treaty and the 20th anniversary of the establishment of the Collective Security Treaty Organization, on the occasion of which I would like to once again congratulate all of us.

Within the framework of the narrow, then enlarged sessions, the CSTO Foreign Ministers discussed the tendencies in the development of international and regional security situation, as well as their impact on the security of our countries.

We also touched upon the issues on the improvement of the CSTO emergency response mechanisms, which, as you know, is one of the priorities of Armenia's CSTO presidency. In January, the Organization responded in time to the events in Kazakhstan, but so far the issue of the infiltration into the sovereign territory of the Republic of Armenia by the nites of the Azerbaijani armed forces since May, 2021 remains unsettled.

We have also touched upon the process of implementing the agreements reached at the level of the heads of states, the realization of the decisions of the CSTO Collective Security Council session held in September last year, as well as the priorities of the Armenian presidency.

Dear colleagues, 

I would like to emphasize that Armenia has been and remains committed to active and proactive cooperation within the CSTO, intends to expand cooperation between member states, to ensure the development of foreign policy coordination within the Organization and intensify the CSTO role in the international arena.

Following the meeting, we approved the statement of the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the CSTO member states on international security issues, the program of consultations on the foreign policy, defense and security issues of the CSTO member states for the next three years. An agreement was reached to hold the next session of the CSTO Foreign Ministers in Yerevan in the fourth quarter of this year.

I will conclude here and pass the floor to the Secretary General of the Organization.

The floor is yours, Stanislav Zas. 

Thank you.”

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