OSCE expressed deep concern about the increase of the number of incidents involving observers of the Special Monitoring Mission, stated Chair of OSCE and Foreign Minister of Germany Frank-Walter Steinmeier, reports press service of the organization.
Steinmeier emphasized, that OSCE Mission in Donbas is meant to streamline implementation of ceasefire, thus, safety of the observers must be provided by both sides of the conflict.
“SMM is a civilian and unarmed mission. It plays a key role for implementation of ceasefire. Safety of the Mission must be ensured by both sides. People, responsible for threatening the observers must be held accountable”, - Steinmeier stated.
Earlier, President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko stated, that he expects that OSCE police mission will soon operate in Donbas. Moreover, Poroshenko emphasized, that the Russian Federation approves presence of armed OSCE mission in eastern Ukraine.
Poroshenko noted, that the Mission will ensure security and provide all necessary conditions for hosting local election in occupied areas of Donbas.
Earlier, Deputy Head of OSCE Special Monitoring Mission in Ukraine Alexander Hug stated, that police mission in Donbas is possible, in case all 57 OSCE member states support the initiative.