The General Committee on Political Affairs and Security of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly approved a resolution calling for the de-occupation of the Crimea and the withdrawal of Russian armed forces from Ukraine.

Resolution on “Promoting Sustainable Development for Security Strengthening: the Role of Parliaments” was adopted on July 6 during a committee meeting in the framework of the XXIIIth Annual Session of the OSCE PA.

“The OSCE Parliamentary Assembly… calls for the cessation of hostilities in the East of Ukraine, the complete withdrawal of large-caliber arms by all parties, the immediate cessation of the use of anti-personnel landmines and increased contributions to mine clearance, the de-occupation of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and Sevastopol, the withdrawal of Russian armed forces from Ukrainian territory and a comprehensive settlement of the conflict on the basis of the Minsk Agreements, in particular, the obligations determined by them, which were not implemented by the Russian Federation,” reads the resolution.

Around this point, a debate began, as the Russian side made an amendment, proposing to remove the resolution mentioning the need to ensure the de-occupation of the Crimea and the withdrawal of Russian armed forces from the Ukrainian territory, as well as an appeal to the Russian Federation to fulfill its obligations under the Minsk agreements, which it didn’t fulfill.

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