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Hungarian Foreign Minister: OSCE mission open in Zakarpattia region

Peter Szijjártó argues that a mission of 12 people already works in Uzhgorod
18:02, 11 March 2018

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Peter Szijjártó, Hungarian Foreign Minister, says that the OSCE observation mission will open in Zakarpattia. This was reported by the press service of the ruling Fides Party, to which Szijjártó himself belongs.

He said that he repeatedly appealed to the OSCE with the request to send observers in addition to Donbas, also to the western part of Zakarpattia and ensure the safety of the Hungarian community.

"It is unacceptable that in Ukraine, Hungarians are constantly intimidated and restricted in their rights," Szijjártó said.

On Friday, March 9, the OSCE Secretary General sent a message confirming that a permanent mission presence of 12 people has been established in Uzhgorod, Szijjártó said. He also stressed that the OSCE Secretary General and the High Commissioner for Human Rights responded positively to his request for a mission in Zakarpattia.

This statement has raised doubts, since there is no such information on the official website of the Hungarian government or on the OSCE website. In addition, to send the mission they need consensus in the OSCE, and it is impossible, because Ukraine opposed. And even if the mission in Zakarpattia operated within the framework of the already functioning SMM in Donbas - its mandate covers the entire country - it is questionable why the message came from the Hungarian party, and not from the official representatives of the OSCE SMM in Ukraine.

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