OSCE JOINT STATEMENT ON CHECHNYA
Location: The Netherlands
ORGANIZATION FOR SECURITY AND CO-OPERATION IN EUROPE
High Commissioner on National Minorities
JOINT STATEMENT ON CHECHNYA
Geneva/Strasbourg/The Hague, 8 December 1999
We wish to express our profound concern for the situation of civilians in Grozny who, according to the ultimatum of 6 December 1999 from the Federal authorities of the Russian Federation, are given no other choice than to leave the city within five days or risk injury or death as the result of indiscriminate bombardment.
We wish to emphasise the obligations of the Russian Federation under international human rights and humanitarian law and we call for the strict respect of these standards. Whatever its motivation, any police or security action must conform to fundamental humanitarian principles.
Everything possible must be done to save and protect innocent lives.
Max van der Stoel
OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities