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OSCE confirms withdrawal of its special envoy Heidi Grau from Minsk process this summer

Source : 112 Ukraine

The selection of her successor is underway
16:55, 9 July 2021

Special Representative of the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office in Ukraine
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The Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe has confirmed that Special Representative of the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office in Ukraine and in the Trilateral Contact Group (TCG), Ambassador Heidi Grau will leave her post and withdraw from the Minsk negotiation process. This was officially announced by the Swedish chairmanship of the OSCE at a meeting of the Permanent Council in Vienna on Thursday, July 8, Ukrinform reports. 

The selection of her successor is underway.

Related: Ukraine to OSCE: Russia blocks TCG talks, demanding Ukraine to start dialogue with occupied Donbas

During the Permanent Council meeting, a number of delegations from participating countries thanked the Swiss diplomat for her work.

The EU Delegation to the OSCE thanked Heidi Grau for her outstanding work in advancing discussions within the Trilateral Contact Group.

Ambassador Yevhen Tsymbalyuk, Permanent Representative of Ukraine to the International Organizations in Vienna, also expressed his words of gratitude.

"As this is the last appearance of Special Representative Grau to the Permanent Council, I would end my statement by expressing a sincere gratitude to her for the significant contribution she made to the work of the TCG. We will miss your energy at the TCG, dear Heidi, and your pertinent remarks debunking Russia’s fakes at the PC meetings," he said.

Earlier, Interfax-Ukraine and RBC-Ukraine reported that OSCE Special Representative in Trilateral Group for Donbas conflict settlement Heidi Grau would soon withdraw from the negotiation process.

Related: OSCE SMM reports worsening situation in areas of division of forces in Donbas

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