OSCE calls on parties to withdraw heavy military equipment and allow recovery of the dead in Karabakh
The OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chairs on Karabakh conflict, Ambassadors Igor Popov (Russia), Stephane Visconti (France) and Richard Hoagland (USA), insist on withdrawal ofheavy military equipment to their positions – reads the statement released by the organization’s press service on Sunday, February 26.
According to the reports that the OSCE Co-Chairs received from the Ministries of Defense of Armenia and Azerbaijan, as well as other sources, there was a serious breach of cease fire on the Line of Contact (LOC) early on February 25, resulting in casualties. Several bodies still remain in neutral territory. Meanwhile, the parties accuse each other of an incursion attempt.
“The Co-chairs call upon the parties to keep heavy military equipment, which had been moved earlier close to the LOC, in its present positions and to allow recovery of the dead, as it was agreed upon yesterday under mediation of the Personal Representative of the OSCE Chaiman-in-Office,” reads the statement.
The Co-Chairs insist that the parties comply with their commitments to refrain from the use of force.