Zakarpattia administration doesn't know on opening of OSCE mission

Source : 112 Ukraine

Zakarpattia regional administration was not informed of the opening of the OSCE mission in the region
19:37, 11 March 2018

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Nobody addressed the Zakarpattia regional state administration with proposals to open a monitoring mission. This in the commentary to Hromadske radio said the speaker of the Zakarpattia Regional State Administration Yaroslav Galas.

"There were no proposals to the administration to open a permanent monitoring mission, and the administration did not give consent," he said.

According to him, it is possible that such an agreement is not required, but "they should have informed the administration".

We recall that today the press service of the ruling Fidesz Party in Hungary issued a statement by Foreign Minister Peter Szijjártó who announced the opening of an OSCE observation mission in Zakarpattia.

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, Siyarto 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.

Related: Hungarian Foreign Minister: OSCE mission open in Zakarpattia region

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