The expansion of the team of the Office of the Personal Representative of the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office (PRCiO) could be considered as a confidence-building measure, which could contribute to a reduction in tension in front line areas and increased stability, Personal Representative of the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office Ambassador Andrzej Kasprzyk said during his interview to Armenia’s news.am, APA reports.
“Any measure that reduces tension on the front lines and casualties is something that I support,” he noted.
He stated that the expanded team will include a number of international staff members.
“These additional staff members would undertake the same tasks as the current field assistants of the PRCiO. Having additional staff would offer the potential for the Office of the PRCiO to increase the frequency of monitoring exercises,” Kasprzyk added.
Kasprzyk noted the principle of the expansion of the PRCiO on the conflict dealt with by the OSCE Minsk Conference was accepted by the Presidents of Armenia and Azerbaijan during the 2016 summit meetings in Vienna and St. Petersburg.
“My mandate is to provide support to the sides with confidence-building measures. I welcome the Presidents’ decision and I remain in constant contact with the OSCE Chairmanship, the Co-Chairs, and the sides, to help take this initiative forward in a constructive way,” he added.