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Pashinyan's Press Secretary Harshly Answers Lukashenka

Pashinyan's Press Secretary Harshly Answers Lukashenka

Official Yerevan states that the issue of appointing a new CSTO Secretary General has not yet been resolved.

Arman Yeghoyan, the Spokesman for Armenian Acting Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan, claims that the issue of appointing a new Secretary General of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) has not yet been resolved, Novosti-Armenia reports.

“The issue of appointment of the CSTO Secretary General has not yet been resolved. The CSTO meeting was not held. Armenia’s position on this issue has not changed,” – Yeghoyan said.

We remind, that after the meeting of the Supreme Eurasian Economic Council in St. Petersburg on Thursday, Lukashenka said that the parties managed to agree on that issue and that the new Secretary General will be the representative of Belarus, tut.by writes.

We remind, that the vacancy was formed after Armenia's early withdrawal of its representative Yuri Khachaturov, who had served in this position only a year and a half from the three years stipulated by the statute.

On November 8, at the Astana summit, the leaders of the CSTO member countries failed to reach consensus on the candidacy of a new secretary general of the organization. The question should have been considered at the summit of the heads of the CSTO in St. Petersburg on December 6, but it was postponed without specifying the exact date of the meeting.

Armenia insists that its representative should be the CSTO Secretary General for the next year and a half again. At the same time, some other CSTO members say that according to the principle approved by the organization, personnel rotation of representatives of countries should be done in alphabetical order, so the new Secretary General should be the representative of Belarus.

It was reported earlier, that the Head of the Security Council of Belarus Stanislau Zas may become a new Secretary General. Minsk, in turn, said that it was ready to offer three candidates for this position.

On December 2, Nikol Pashinyan announced that the appointment of the Secretary General would not be done until 2019.