With the anniversary of last year’s conflict almost upon us, it is important that all parties refrain from any words or actions that could be misunderstood or misinterpreted . It is in everyone’s interest that the situation remains calm and stable.
The correct place to raise issues of concern or alleged incidents is through the Incident Prevention and Response Mechanism and its associated “hotline” system. We stand ready to facilitate further meetings between the parties as necessary. We are also willing to examine further evidence if given access across the administrative boundary lines to do so.
Meantime, in recognition of the sensitivity of the current period, the EU Monitoring Mission has intensified its patrolling. Our patrols are working day and night to monitor the situation on the ground, with the aim of maintaining security and stability for the people who live on both sides of the boundary lines.
So far, despite the heightened tension and claims of incidents, the overall situation remains broadly calm. We very much trust that all parties will continue their efforts to maintain this position.