The head of the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs, Didier Burkhalter, who is the current Chairperson-in-office of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), has condemned the capture of a group of military inspectors from the OSCE member states and called for their immediate release.
“The release of one of the military inspectors for health reasons is a positive step,” the OSCE said in a statement, Interfax reports. “The OSCE continues working at all levels with the help of the special monitoring mission in Ukraine and through high-level political contacts so as to secure the release of all the captured individuals,” he said. “At the same time we are expecting Russia to send important signals of support which could rapidly lead to progress in this respect.”
Burkhalter has also thanked international partners for their support of the OSCE in the effort to release the captured inspectors.
“All the parties, which signed the Geneva agreement, should actively facilitate the creation of the conditions that would enable the efficient implementation of the Geneva measures,” the OSCE chairperson said.