After the Sochi
Summit of Azerbaijani, Russian and Armenian presidents the situation on the
contact line of Azerbaijani and Armenian troops calmed down significantly, OSCE
Chairperson-in-Office Personal Representative, Andrzej Kasprzyk said in an
interview with Trend Sept 4. Kasprzyk
said the situation on the contact line of troops was very tense at the
beginning of August.
casualties and targeting of villages and civilians were reported. The OSCE
chairperson-in-office, the co-chairs of the Minsk Group and representatives of
other countries and international organisations called for strict observance of
the ceasefire," he noted.
went on to say that at the Sochi Summit, on Aug. 10, this issue was discussed in the presence of Russian President
the summit the situation stabilized and according to reports I have received,
it has calmed down significantly. This
is very positive and I hope it will continue this way," he stressed.
that the OSCE Minsk Group co-chairs visit the region periodically and hold
meetings with the leaderships in search for a solution to the conflict.
representative said the ceasefire between Azerbaijan and Armenia is in force
through the agreement reached between the parties and its observance depends on
the parties' will.
it is their responsibility to ensure that their troops do not violate the
ceasefire," he stressed.
went on to add that he is ready to assist in any way possible to build
confidence, adding that he works continuously to present ideas in accordance
with his mandate.
offer the chance for local commanders to talk directly to each other using OSCE
radios during monitoring exercises, and support any measures that the parties
might consider useful to lower the number of incidents on the line of contact
and the border," he said.
also said he pays a lot of attention to protection of civilian population in
areas close to the front lines, visiting the villages and getting acquainted
with their situation.
also try to support activities of the commissions on prisoners of war and
missing persons as well as the International Committee of the Red Cross on the
releases of detainees and repatriation of bodies," Kasprzyk stressed.
I try to develop and implement confidence-building measures that can alleviate
the situation and are conducive to progress in the peace negotiations that are
conducted by the co-chairs."
resolution of the conflict is under the co-chairs' mandate," Kasprzyk