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23 November 2022, 19:51

Lukashenko deems signing of Armenia-Azerbaijan peace treaty possible

YEREVAN, 23 November (BelTA) – All the prerequisites for signing a peace treaty between Armenia and Azerbaijan are in place. Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko made the statement at a plenary session of the CSTO Collective Security Council in Yerevan, Armenia on 23 November, BelTA has learned.

Aleksandr Lukashenko said: “A lot of what we've discussed should certainly remain secret. But I am an experienced man already. Not a young politician anymore. It was the first time we'd had such an honest and sincere conversation. We came to terms on 15 points. It was the first time we'd agreed (there was concrete movement in this direction) that there are contact points, which are necessary for coming to terms. All of us understood from words of the current chairman [Armenia Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan] that this Armenia-Azerbaijan conflict will end and a peace treaty will be signed if we act as we've discussed it today.”

The president said he had received the news with enthusiasm. “Since Nikol Vovayevich [Pashinyan] is silent, it means he also agrees with what I've just said. You can see he is in agreement,” Aleksandr Lukashenko remarked.

Yet Aleksandr Lukashenko stated that there are also other conflicts that need to be resolved in the Collective Security Treaty Organization region. The situation at the Kyrgyzstan-Tajikistan border was mentioned. “As [Tajikistan President] Emomali Sharipovich [Rahmon] said today there is very serious movement forward together with the Kyrgyzstan president. We have to remove these conflicts if we want to be a genuine and responsible organization. If we cannot resolve these issues among ourselves and move forward, then I agree with you: what are we capable of then? This is why there are very serious steps forward in this direction,” the Belarusian leader stated.

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