At Istanbul Summit of OSCE Parliamentary Assembly declaration calling on settlement of conflicts in Caucasus was adopted

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PACE summit was held in Istanbul as a result of which a declaration and resolutions was adopted by the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly. The document reads that the parliamentarians of the OSCE participating States, have met in annual session in Istanbul on 29 June to 3 July 2013 as the Parliamentary dimension of the OSCE to assess developments and challenges relating to security and co-operation, in particular on Helsinki +40.

OSCE Parliamentary Assembly calls on the OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chairs to continue their engagement with Armenia and Azerbaijan to seek solutions to the conflict over Nagorno-Karabakh; it opposes attempts to downgrade or eliminate OSCE field operations by host Governments that continue to violate their OSCE commitments in significant ways and are in clear
need of field operations based on existing mandates;

OSCE Parliamentary Assembly calls for renewed negotiations on the Conventional Forces in Europe (CFE) Treaty, and urges all States parties to the Treaty to honour their CFE obligations.

It also supports the OSCE FSC decisions to provide assistance with collection and destruction and improving stockpile management and security, and encourages participating States to further request OSCE assistance on Small Arms and Light Weapons (SALW) and ammunition.

OSCE Parliamentary Assembly calls for intensified political efforts towards generating a peaceful and viable solution to the unresolved conflicts, urges the OSCE Chairmanship and parties to the conflicts to redouble efforts to find solutions to the tragic protracted conflicts in the Caucasus and the Republic of Moldova, calls on participating parties to ensure the beginning of the process of de-occupation of the territories of Georgia and recommends agreeing on mechanisms for the safe and dignified return of all internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Abkhazia and the Tskhinvali region.

OSCE Parliamentary Assembly supports the Geneva International Discussions for finding solutions to the consequences of the 2008 war in Georgia, welcomes the decrease of security-related incidents and the work of the Ergneti Incident Prevention and Response Mechanism, encourages the resumption of the activities of the Gali Incident Prevention and Response Mechanism and urges the OSCE to continue its work on confidence-and security-building measures in Georgia, including through increased engagement with civil society.


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