Ivica Dačić: All OSCE member countries must focus on resolving regional conflicts

Ivica Dačić: All OSCE member countries must focus on resolving regional conflicts
# 19 February 2015 15:01 (UTC +04:00)

Dačić noted that the Paris and Copenhagen incidents as well as the Ukrainian crisis are signaling serious threats to the region’s security, and that close cooperation in this respect is necessary.

“We are concerned by the re-escalation of tension in Ukraine. We urge all parties to observe the requirements of the Minsk agreement and respect the ceasefire,” he noted.

Dačić said he will meet with Ertugrul Apakan, Chief Monitor of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine, to determine the parameters of the mission’s activity aimed at implementing the Minsk agreement.

On February 20, in Vienna, OSCE PA will hold a special debate with the participation of Apakan.

The OSCE Chairperson-in-Office also said that consistent with the OSCE’s fundamental principles, the Serbian Chairmanship will also prioritize the resolution through agreed formats of protracted conflicts in the OSCE region.

“While high-level contacts between the parties and the meetings of the formats should continue, we believe that, considering the prevailing circumstances, some concrete steps could improve trust and confidence among parties, thus opening the way to tackle more substantive problems. The responsibility to advance the settlement processes related to the protracted conflicts in the OSCE area lies mainly with the parties. However, we need to ensure collective support for their peaceful settlement by investing additional efforts to generate the necessary political will,” Dačić underlined.

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