22 Sep 2018 13:30

CSTO secretary general's remarks on Karabakh situation exceed organization's mandate - Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry

BAKU. Sept 22 (Interfax) - The Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry has described the remarks by Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) Secretary General Yury Khachaturov regarding Azerbaijan as baseless and inappropriate, the ministry press service said in a statement after Khachaturov urged Baku to stop attacks on Armenian populated localities.

"While speaking on the situation on the Armenian-Azerbaijani border, the CSTO secretary general abused of his office and exceeded the organization's mandate. The statement made by the secretary general, who has the Armenian origin, is subjective and biased, it contravenes the stance of all members of the organization but Armenia on this conflict," the ministry said.

The CSTO secretary general did not mention regular attacks of the Armenian army on the Azerbaijani territory along the entire Armenian-Azerbaijani borderline, it said.

"We suggest that [...] the secretary general study the senseless and contradictory remarks by the Armenian prime minister that escalate tensions and disrupt the negotiating process," the ministry said.

"The aggressive policy of occupation conducted by Armenia, an CSTO member country, towards Azerbaijan disagrees with the fundamental documents of the Collective Security Treaty Organization," it said.