CSTO SECRETARY GENERAL DOES NOT TREAT AZERBAIJANI LAW ON SHOOTING DOWN CIVIL PLANES SERIOUSLY

TERT.AM
29.01.13

Secretary General of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO)
Nikolay Bordyuzha said at a news conference today in Yerevan that he is
aware of the Azerbaijani law on shooting down civil planes, though does
not treat it seriously and does not think any state will do such thing.

"It is either an incorrect formulation of thoughts or unsuccessful
joke as I view Azerbaijan as a civilized state," the CSTO Secretary
General said.

Azerbaijan has adopted the law in January 2013. Previously different
Azerbaijani officials were stating that they will not tolerate the
operation of Stepanakert airport, considering it illegal usage of
Azerbaijan's air territory.

CSTO Secretary General noted that he strictly doubts that Azerbaijani
leadership will intentionally order shooting down the civil planes.

"We know that such thing happened and we remember the tragedy and
international community's response to it. I do not think that today
any state will do it. I do not treat it seriously," he stressed.

The new Azerbaijani law establishes 13.5/25 kilometer width border
layer that will be used in special regime. Besides, it singles out
banned and restricted zones in Azerbaijani air territory.

Theoretically, each sector may be considered so if the State Civil
Aerostation makes a corresponding decision.