The discussions were held within the Western Donbas Forum “Reconstruction through Dialogue”, organized by the OSCE Project Co-ordinator on request from Donetsk administration, stated OSCE media center.
The participants focused on improvement of economic conditions and tackled urgent environmental challenges, response to humanitarian problems, including needs of internally displaced persons and regime of crossing the conflict contact line, reviewed prospects of local elections and future decentralization reform.
“We do not expect the quick solutions to all of the problems identified. However we do hope that officials, activists and experts will use this opportunity to earmark possible action plans that can bring a positive change,” said Ambassador Vaidotas Verba, the OSCE Project Co-ordinator in Ukraine. “The dialogue should continue as joint efforts with civil society at all levels are crucial to further stability in the region.”
As an outcome of this dialogue event, the OSCE Project Co-ordinator will prepare and distribute among participants and governmental authorities a report, summarising the discussions, views expressed and agreements reached. This activity is part of National Dialogue Project, implemented by the OSCE Project Co-ordinator with financial support from governments of Italy and Norway.
As reported few days ago, Russian-backed militants shelled the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission in Shyrokyne, Donetsk region, one observer is wounded.