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08 June 2023, 12:26

Lukashenko: Armenia-Azerbaijan conflict resolution should benefit both parties

MINSK, 8 June (BelTA) - The resolution of the conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan should be beneficial to both parties, Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko said as he met with the secretaries of the Security Councils of the CSTO member states on 8 June, BelTA has learned.

“Azerbaijanis and Armenians are kin people. They are like two fingers on one hand,” Aleksandr Lukashenko said.

The president said that in previous years he had put a lot of efforts into the settlement of the conflict between the parties, trying to establish cooperation between the leaders of Armenia and Azerbaijan.

“Things have become more complicated today. We need to sort out the situation. In this case, of course, I support Nikol Vovayevich [Pashinyan, the Prime Minister of Armenia], understanding that all the recent developments have fallen upon this power, upon him. Now we need patience and attempts to find a solution that will benefit both Armenia and Azerbaijan,” he said.

According to him, the secretaries of the CSTO Security Councils should also make their proposals, as they are not bystanders in this situation. “You are our main assistants on defense and security issues,” he said.

Belarus is presiding in the CSTO in 2023. According to Aleksandr Lukashenko, Belarus will be doing its best to help Armenia and Azerbaijan settle the disputes. The president stressed that the conflicts in the CSTO area, especially the armed ones, should be solved. “We cannot calmly watch conflicts taking place in the CSTO space. We cannot walk away from them. They are complicated. These countries are our brothers: we used to live as one state. Therefore, the conflicts must be resolved,” the head of state concluded.

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