OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chairs issue second statement on latest tension in frontline
- 06 July 2017
The OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chairs have issued the second statement following the first statement issued on July 4, APA reports.
In the statement the representative of France made on behalf of the OSCE Minsk Group co-chairs at the meeting of the OSCE Permanent Council, the Co-Chairs underline that their countries are extremely concerned with the ceasefire violations that occurred on 4 July: “We consider this serious incident as a provocative action that undermines peace efforts and could provoke a breakdown in the forthcoming negotiations”.
The OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chairs remind the sides of their obligations under the Geneva Conventions to refrain from any hostile action that could lead to unacceptable civilian casualties. “We appeal the parties to take immediate measures to defuse the situation and strictly observe the 1994/1995 ceasefire agreement”.
At the end of the statement is noted that: “The Russian Federation, France and United States stress the necessity to resume as soon as possible negotiations on a peaceful settlement of the conflict, as the only way to bring peace, prosperity and genuine reconciliation to all the people of the region”.
The Co-Chairs extend their condolences to the families of the victims.