The post of Secretary General of the CSTO will remain with the representative of Armenia before January 1, 2020

© RIA Novosti / Amir to Vaitarani in fotobanka of the CSTO countries. Archival photoThe post of Secretary General of the CSTO will remain with the representative of Armenia before January 1, 2020© RIA Novosti / Amir to Iseveral the image Bank

The post of Secretary General of the organization of collective security Treaty will remain with the representative of Armenia before January 1, 2020, said the permanent under Secretary of the CSTO Valery Semerikov.

Earlier, the Special investigation service of Armenia has charged the CSTO Secretary General Yuri Khachaturov in the overthrow of the constitutional order in the criminal case about the protesters on 1 March 2008. The court in Yerevan Khachaturov was released on bail. The press Secretary of the Armenian foreign Ministry Tigran Balayan said on Saturday that the States-CSTO partners proposed to start the process of changing the CSTO Secretary General of the organization.

«There is a decision of the Council (of the CSTO – ed.) that the position of Secretary General is held alternately by a member of the States members of the organization in alphabetical order under the quota. The position of the CSTO Secretary General before 1 January 2020 belongs to Armenia, it is fixed in place and remains in Armenia,» Semerikov said the publication of Tert.am.

Thus, if the current Secretary-General Yuri Khachaturov will decide to change its position, the new head of the CSTO will become the representative of Armenia.

Department of information and press of the Russian foreign Ministry on Saturday said that if Armenia wants to change the CSTO Secretary General, that Yerevan should initiate a review of his citizen with this post.

The Armenian opposition led by first President Levon Ter-Petrosyan, who ran in the presidential elections of 19 February 2008 and have lost to Serzh Sargsyan, then held in the center of Yerevan rallies, expressing dissatisfaction with the official results of the vote. The protests on March 1-2 resulted in riots and clashes of protesters with police, in which ten people were killed and about 200 were injured.

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