Déclaration de la France au nom des trois pays co-présidant le Groupe de Minsk
Conseil permanent du 6 juillet 2017
Allow me to read the statement by the co-chairs made on 4 July, I quote :
The OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chairs – Ambassador Igor Popov of the Russian Federation, Ambassador Stephane Visconti of France, and Ambassador Richard Hoagland of the United States – have received information of renewed violence late in the evening on July 4 at Alkhanli village of Fizuli region that resulted in casualties, including civilians.
The Minsk Group Co-Chairs urgently call upon the sides to cease military action. Violence only begets further violence and accomplishes nothing. The only responsible and humane way to resolve this long-standing conflict is for the sides to return to the negotiation table in good faith.
The Co-Chairs extend their condolences to the families of the victims.
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In addition, we would like to underline that our three 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.
We 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.
The Russian Federation, France and the 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 peoples of the region.
I thank you.