NATO Weighs In Against Russia On Post-Soviet Frozen Conflicts
Trend News Agency
May 21, 2012
NATO calls to avoid steps that undermine regional security in South Caucasus
“We remain committed in our support of the territorial integrity, independence, and sovereignty of Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, and the Republic of Moldova…”
Azerbaijan, Baku: NATO called on parties to the protracted regional conflicts in the South Caucasus and the Republic of Moldova to avoid steps that undermine regional security and stability, a declaration of the North Atlantic Alliance, adopted following the Chicago summit, says.
“We urge all parties to engage constructively and with reinforced political will in peaceful conflict resolution, and to respect the current negotiation formats,” the declaration says.
According to the declaration, the persistence of protracted regional conflicts in South Caucasus and the Republic of Moldova continues to be a matter of great concern for the NATO.
“We remain committed in our support of the territorial integrity, independence, and sovereignty of Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, and the Republic of Moldova, and will also continue to support efforts towards a peaceful settlement of these regional conflicts, based upon these principles and the norms of international law, the United Nations Charter, and the Helsinki Final Act,” the declaration says.
Azerbaijan and Armenia signed a ceasefire agreement in 1994. The co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group – Russia, France, and the U.S. – are currently holding peace negotiations.
Russian Information Agency Novosti
May 21, 2012
NATO: Russia Must Revise Recognition of Abkhazia, S.Ossetia
CHICAGO: NATO member states once again called on Russia on Monday to reverse Moscow’s decision concerning the recognition of the former Georgian republics of South Ossetia and Abkhazia.
“We continue to call on Russia to reverse its recognition of the South Ossetia and Abkhazia regions of Georgia as independent states,” said a joint declaration issued after the NATO summit in Chicago.
Russia recognized the two breakaway Georgian republics as independent states following a five-day war with Georgia over South Ossetia in August 2008.
“We reiterate our continued support to the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Georgia within its internationally recognized borders. We welcome Georgia’s full compliance with the EU-mediated cease-fire agreement and other unilateral measures to build confidence. We welcome Georgia’s commitment not to use force and call on Russia to reciprocate,” the declaration added.
The declaration also urged Russia to withdraw its military presence from Abkhazia and South Ossetia, calling them “Georgia’s territory.”
“We continue to be concerned by the build-up of Russia’s military presence on Georgia’s territory and continue to call on Russia to ensure free access for humanitarian assistance and international observers,” the document said.
After pro-Western Saakashvili came to power in Georgia in 2004, the South Caucasus state has actively been pushing for entry into NATO to which Russia fiercely opposes. After the brief military conflict between Moscow and Tbilisi in 2008, NATO shelved the idea of bringing Georgia into the alliance.
Azeri Press Agency
May 21, 2012
Nikolay Bordyuzha: “The Collective Security Treaty Organization will help Armenia in case of military intervention”
Moscow: The Collective Security Treaty Organization will render its assistance in case of any military intervention against Armenia, said Secretary General of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) Nikolay Bordyuzha at the press conference in the “RIA-Novosti” International Information Agency, APA’s Moscow correspondent reports.
He reminded that Armenia was a full-fledged member of the CSTO: “As an organization we will render all necessary assistances to our full-fledged member. The other issues and subsequent process of developments will depend on decision of presidents of member states”.