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The Co-Chairs urge to take additional steps to reduce tensions


Photo: Press service of the Armenian President


Yerevan/Mediamax/. The Co-Chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group called upon the sides of the NK conflict "to refrain from inflammatory statements and provocative actions”.

Press Statement by the Co-Chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group following their meetings with the Presidents of Azerbaijan and Armenia, reads this.

The statement says that after meeting Presidents of Azerbaijan and Armenia in Baku and Yerevan the Co-Chairs also travelled to Nagorno-Karabakh on 9-11 February “to meet with de facto authorities and visited specific locations in the Zangelan, Kubatly, Agdam, Lachin, and Kelbajar districts”.

“The Co-Chairs underscored the importance of fulfilling, in good faith, all commitments undertaken during the October 2017 Summit in Geneva and at previous summits, in particular, Vienna and St. Petersburg. The Co-Chairs expressed deep concern over the recent loss of life on the Line of Contact. The Co-Chairs call upon the Sides to take additional steps to reduce tensions, as agreed in Geneva, and to respect the ceasefire. The Co-Chairs also call upon the Sides to refrain from inflammatory statements and provocative actions.

The Co-Chairs reiterate their commitment to helping the Sides find a peaceful solution to the conflict based on the core principles of the Helsinki Act, including the non-use of force, territorial integrity, and the equal rights and self-determination of peoples. The Co-Chairs welcomed the parties' expressed intention to continue intensive negotiations, taking into account the current electoral period”, the statement says.

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