: Impunity encourages further ceasefire violations, OSCE's Hug says

10:33 Aug. 4, 2016

Impunity encourages further ceasefire violations, OSCE's Hug says

OSCE monitors examine ceasefire violations in conflict zone (GettyImages Photo)

Thousands of incidents must be looked into, Alexander Hug stresses 

 

Heavy political pressure at the highest level must be applied to stop the violations. This is the responsibility of those who have signed the Minsk Agreements and the countries who continue negotiation in Normandy format (France, Germany, Ukraine and Russia).  

This is reported by OSCE Deputy Chief Monitor Alexander Hug in an interview with German ARD channel, according to Deutsche Welle.

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"Follow-up to the ceasefire violations simply isn't happening. Neither the ten thousand violations nor the restrictions of our movement have been looked into", Hug said.

Hug stressed the sides must follow up on the OSCE reports on the violations. Impunity was just making the situation worse, he said. Hug called on all groups to bring the escalation to an end by analyzing the violations and finding the responsible.

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He also pointed at the danger that OSCE monitors were facing. Hug added, the number of incidents involving the observers increased as the escalation continued. The freedom of OSCE was often limited, attacks on the monitors became regular, Deputy Chief said.

"This impunity must end and firstly where the facts are clear and we know who shot and from which direction a certain projectile came," he stated.

Hug added that OSCE freedom of movement is not only regulated by the mandate but also was approved by the Minsk negotiators.

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