Minsk Group urge for “immediate negotiation” under the auspices of the Co-chairs
Representatives of the OSCE Minsk Group countries strongly condemned the outbreak of "unprecedented violence” along the Line of Contact.
Russian Federation, the United States of America, France, Belarus, Finland, Germany, Italy, Sweden, Turkey, as well as the incoming Austrian OSCE Chair (2017) and the Serbian OSCE Chair (2015) are members of the Minsk Group.
“We extend our condolences to all affected families. We urge the sides to cease using force immediately. There is no military solution to the conflict.
The deterioration of the situation on the ground demonstrates the need for an immediate negotiation, under the auspices of the Co-chairs, on a comprehensive settlement.
The representatives of the Minsk Group member states affirm their support for the Russian, American, and French Co-Chairs’ mediation efforts and welcome their plans to undertake direct consultations with the sides as soon as possible”, the statement says.
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