Principal Deputy Chief Monitor of the OSCE's Special Monitoring Mission (OSCE SMM) in Ukraine, Alexander Hug, stated that the mission’s mandate term expires in March 2018. He said this in Mariupol while talking with representatives of the local community, reports 0629.com.ua.
"He also said that the work of the OSCE in Ukraine ends in March 2018 and a joint decision of all members is needed to prolong it," the report said.
Also, Hug added that the mission began its work even before the start of the conflict in the East of the country on March 21, 2014 upon the invitation of the Ukrainian side, and this decision was supported by 57 member countries. Since then, the change in the Mandate was only concerning the number of observers (increase), and the Minsk Agreements in no way affect the OSCE's activities.
At the same time, journalists emphasize that conversation was not a discussion, therefore journalists were advised not to record it on the video and not to give direct quotes of the speakers.
As it was reported earlier Alexander Hug is visiting eastern Ukraine on January 21-25, 2018. He is to assess the security situation along the contact line and its impact on civilians, engage with communities on the ground and visit sites of repair projects for critical infrastructure which the Mission has been facilitating.