Mark Etherington to become Deputy Head of OSCE SMM in Ukraine

Source : 112 Ukraine

Alexander Hug’s term of office ends on October 31
21:07, 28 September 2018

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After the end of the term of office of Alexander Hug, Mark Etherington will become new Deputy Chairman of OSCE SMM to Ukraine, Ukrinform reports. 

‘Mark Etherington was appointed Deputy Chairman of OSCE SMM to Ukraine,’ the Organization reported.  

As it was reported earlier, Alexander Hug resigned from the office of OSCE SMM deputy head, his mission ends on October 31.  

Related: OSCE, Joint Forces Operation representatives discuss Donbas restoration

Reportedly, Alexander Hug claimed that one of the main reasons for the ongoing violence in Donbas is hidden in politics. According to him, since the beginning of the new ceasefire, the number of the attacks has decreased rapidly, but then it returned to the same level. 

Besides, he thinks that the reason the attacks resumed is related to the political level. 

At the same time, he thinks that the increase in the number of OSCE SMM observers will not settle the conflict. 

Related: OSCE: Prisons of occupied Donbas do not differ from Ukrainian ones

“I am not sure that the increase in the number of the observers will improve the situation in the region. The reaction of the sides in terms of this is more important,” Hug stressed. 

Alexander Hug joined the OSCE SMM in Ukraine in late March 2014.

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