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Post-Soviet military bloc set to react to use of force in Nagorno-Karabakh

February 12, 12:26 UTC+3
The OSCE is monitoring the conflict as it involves one of its member-states, Armenia
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MOSCOW, February 12. /TASS/. The post-Soviet security organization, CSTO, will react to any actions causing escalation of tension at the border between Azerbaijan and Armenia, as well as in Nagorno-Karabakh, the organization's head Nikolai Borduzha said on Friday.

"The Organization has been reacting to any actions of the kind [use of military force] that affect security in the region," he said.

At the same time, he continued, the organization is not involved in settlement of that conflict.

"We only monitor the situation, as it involves our ally - Armenia," the official said. "CSTO’s position is quite strait - all participating countries want to have the conflict settled by only political means."

"All countries are against escalation of the tension at the border between Armenia and Azerbaijan, against use of heavy weapons," he added.

On January 26, PACE turned down a report on settling the conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh that had been drafted by its rapporteur, British MP Robert Walter. The document contained a call to both sides to refrain from violence.

Walter also suggested that Yerevan should withdraw regular Armenian armed units from Karabakh and other occupied territories of Azerbaijan and establish full control over the territories by the Azerbaijani government.

Most speakers who took the floor during the report said, however, it was the Minsk Group of the OSCE that was entrusted with settling the conflict in Karabakh and PACE rejected the report.

The Minsk Group earlier called on PACE to refrain from actions that might hinder the process of negotiations.

It expressed the understanding that PACE might discuss a resolution on the conflict shortly, and in the light of it they recalled that the Minsk Group remained the only officially accepted format for negotiations.

Along with praising the interestedness of PACE members, the Group co-chairpersons called on them to refrain from the steps that might deal a blow to their efforts or impede the process of continuing negotiations.

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