Klimkin stresses on strengthening OSCE mission

Source : 112 Ukraine

According to Foreign Minister, it is necessary to radically increase the number of observers and equip them
09:08, 1 November 2016

The OSCE mission in the Donbas region should be strengthened so that it can fully carry out their duties.

The head of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Pavlo Klimkin said this in an interview with Sonia Koshkina, reports.

"First you need to increase the mission’s structure radically, several times. Secondly, we must provide an opportunity for representatives of the mission, with our consent, of course, to have the armed component. Otherwise it is impossible in that environment to preserve and protect the weapons seized from militants and to carry out inspection. Thirdly, the mission needs financial support in order to work efficiently", said the Minister.

Related: "I hope issue of mission in Donbas will be transferred from OSCE to UN", - Tuka

Klimkin acknowledged the complexity of the reform of the mission due to the fact that Russia also has the right to vote in the OSCE, and no decision can be taken without its consent, including on the introduction of the police mission.

"Moreover, the process can be aggravated by other partners too. What we are able to do is to limit the role of Russia. As of today I have consistently advocated for the fact that representatives of Russia will not participate in the police mission", Klimkin said.

According to him, it can be achieved only by political pressure.

Related: Ukraine, France discuss placing OSCE police mission in Donbas

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