CIS Armed Forces commit to military cooperation
Tuesday, April 08, 2014
BAKU, Azerbaijan - The Committee of Chiefs of the General Staffs of the CIS countries' Armed Forces concluded their two-day convention in Baku, where they exchanged opinions about military cooperation between the member states including Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Russia, Belarus and Kyrgyzstan.
Hosting the meeting, Azerbaijan's Chief of Staff Necmeddin Sadikov talked about clashes between Armenia and Azerbaijan and said that Azerbaijan has always abided by international law. The two countries fought a war in the early 1990s over the enclave of Nagorno-Karabakh.
Tensions have recently escalated. Three Azeri soldiers were killed, and six others wounded Monday evening when a land mine exploded in Azerbaijan's Fizuli district, along the Armenia-Azerbaijan border.
Previously, an Azerbaijani soldier was reportedly killed on March 17 by Armenian forces on the countries’ shared border, which Azerbaijan's defense ministry said violated the ceasefire between the two countries.
"Those who are the source of this problem need to see the situation in Azerbaijan and what its people are going through. Our patience is not limited. Our military budget keeps increasing. Still, we are hopeful that this issue will be solved through peaceful means," he said.
"However, international organizations must end the double standard, and force Armenia to execute the UN Security Council resolution regarding Karabakh," he stressed.
Russian Chief of Staff Valeri Gerasimov said that the parties agreed on a joint action plan for 2015.
Gerasimov said that 12 documents were debated and signed on various areas of military cooperation including a joint radar-locating state identification system, adding that the issue of establishing a joint engineer battalion for humanitarian relief purposes was also on the agenda.
Tajikistan, Ukraine and Armenia did not send representatives to the meeting.
Efforts have so far failed to reach a peaceful resolution to the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict which has lasted 20 years. The OSCE’s Minsk Group, including France, Russia and the United States, hold regular meetings to address the problem in the region.
UN Security Council adopted its fourth and last resolution on the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict on Nov 12, 1993 condemning the violations of the cease-fire established between the parties, which resulted in a resumption of hostilities. It called upon the Government of Armenia to use its influence to achieve compliance by the Armenians of Nagorno Karabakh with resolutions 822, 853 and 874; demanded from the parties concerned the immediate cessation of armed hostilities; and called for the withdrawal of local Armenian troops from district of Zangilan.
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