Mediators call for investigation into Karabakh cease-fire violations

The Co-Chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group voiced concern over reports of cease-fire violations along the Line of Contact before and after the March 5 Sochi Summit.

“Such senseless acts, if confirmed, would contravene the commitment of the parties to refrain from the use of force and to seek a peaceful settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict,” the Co-Chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group (Ambassadors Bernard Fassier of France, Robert Bradtke of the United States, and Igor Popov of the Russian Federation) said in a statement released on Wednsday.

The Co-Chairs said they have asked Ambassador Andrzej Kasprzyk, the Personal Representative of the OSCE Chairperson in Office, to carry out an immediate investigation with the participation of all sides, as agreed in the March 5 joint statement issued in Sochi by Presidents Dmitri Medvedev, Ilham Aliyev, and Serge Sargsian.

“The Co-Chairs strongly condemn any loss of life, and urge all sides to exercise restraint, respect the 1994 cease-fire, and fulfill their obligations undertaken in Astrakhan in October 2010 and Sochi earlier this month,” mediators added.

The Co-Chairs also said that they will travel next week to the region, where they will call upon the parties to cooperate fully with the investigation.