Astana Urges “All Related Parties to Observe Geneva Accords” regarding Ukraine

ASTANA – Kazakhstan is deeply concerned by the escalating violence in Ukraine, including in connection with the recent events in Odessa, Slavyansk and Kramatorsk, the country’s foreign ministry said in a May 4 statement, urging “all related parties to observe the Geneva accords of April 17 of this year.”

“With deep grief we note that those events have led to a large number of casualties,” the foreign ministry noted in reference to dozens of casualties in Odessa as well in other cities in eastern Ukraine on May 2 and over the past few days.

“We call on all parties involved in the confrontation to immediately renounce violence and the escalation of threats,” the Kazakh foreign ministry said. “We believe the urgent task now is to apply maximum efforts to search for peaceful ways of resolving the contradictions and of stabilizing the situation as soon as possible.”

“We urge all related parties to observe the Geneva accords of April 17 of this year. We are convinced that the recent events must act as a serious signal of urgent need for the restoration of peace, stability and security in Ukraine,” it concluded.

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