Ertugrul Apakan, the Head of the Special Monitoring Mission of OSCE in Ukraine leaves his office. Darka Olifer, the press secretary of Ukraine's ex-president and former negotiator in Minsk talks group reported that on Facebook.
Apakan's decision became known during his meeting with Kuchma May 23.
The Turkish official served in this office since April 2014.
Apakan's compatriot Halit Çevik will step in, replacing the predecessor on June 1. Çevik won the contest where six candidates competed.
The OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine (SMM) was deployed on 21 March 2014, following a request to the OSCE by Ukraine’s government and a consensus decision by all 57 OSCE participating States. The SMM is an unarmed, civilian mission, present on the ground 24/7 in all regions of Ukraine. Its main tasks are to observe and report in an impartial and objective way on the situation in Ukraine and to facilitate dialogue among all parties to the crisis.