May 18, 2023 - 16:56 AMT
CSTO hopes Armenia-Azerbaijan peace deal will be signed soon

The Collective Security Treaty Organization hopes a peace treaty will be signed between Armenia and Azerbaijan as soon as possible, CSTO Secretary General Imangali Tasmagambetov told reporters on Thursday, May 18, BelTA reports.

Tasmagambetov noted that regular negotiations are being held on the situation in the South Caucasus. Recently, another round of talks took place in Europe.

"It was noted with satisfaction that both Azerbaijan and Armenia practically recognize the borders between the two countries according to the 1991 Alma-Ata Declaration," the CSTO Secretary General said.

“We hope that these negotiations will lead to the signing of a peace treaty. And the countries will subsequently begin to delimit the border,” Tasmagambetov added.

President of the European Council Charles Michel said following a trilateral meeting with Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan of Armenia and President Ilham Aliyev of Azerbaijan on Sunday, May 14 that the two “confirmed their unequivocal commitment to the 1991 Almaty Declaration and the respective territorial integrity of Armenia (29,800 km2) and Azerbaijan (86,600 km2)” – the latter including Nagorno Karabakh.