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OSCE should investigate war crimes in Ukraine: Kazakhstan Senate Speaker

06 october 2014, 16:55
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Chairman of the Senate of the Parliament of Kazakhstan Kassym-Jomart Tokayev. Photo courtesy of Senate of Kazakhstan.
Chairman of the Senate of the Parliament of Kazakhstan Kassym-Jomart Tokayev. Photo courtesy of Senate of Kazakhstan.

Chairman of Kazakhstan Senate Kassym-Jomart Tokayev has urged the OSCE to investigate war crimes and crimes against humanity perpetrated in Ukraine over the course of the ongoing conflict there, Tengrinews reports citing the press service of the Senate of the Parliament of Kazakhstan.

Speaking at the Parliamentary Conference in Geneva on the crisis in Ukraine, Tokayev declared that perpetrators of crimes, including torture and executions of civilians, must be brought to justice. He called the matter an urgent challenge which the OSCE should address “despite all the difficulties".

The Senate Speaker outlined Kazakhstan’s position on the situation in Ukraine, which he called a “true tragedy for the whole Ukrainian nation”, which also poses a “real threat to the global security, leading to the emergence of signs of a new Cold War”.

He said that all the military actions in Ukraine should give way to dialog, firstly between leaders of Ukraine and Russia with the assistance of the OSCE.

Tokayev referred to the initiative of President Nursultan Nazarbayev to hold the summit in Minsk, where a mechanism for dialogue between the presidents of Russia and Ukraine was initiated.

He called on the OSCE to help end the sanctions standoff, which results in hurting the interests of not only Russia but also countries that had introduced sanctions against it.

By Dinara Urazova


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