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PACE delegation to visit Donbas on November 1

PACE members intend to figure out the situation with the security and working conditions of the OSCE SMM
11:54, 1 November 2018

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The MPs from the socialists, democrats, and greens fraction of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) plan to visit the east of Ukraine on November 1 to figure out the situation with the security and working conditions of the OSCE SMM. Frank Schwabe, Chairman of the fraction, spokesperson for the human rights and humanitarian aid of the SPD in the German Bundestag, made such statement as Ukrinform reported.

"We want to see the situation there, how it changes; we will meet the OSCE mission. The issue is not likely about the reports but we want to see whether the OSCE mission is respected," he said. A few MPs from the same fraction want to visit Donbas besides Schwabe.

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It is reported that the PACE delegation should examine the state of the implementation of the particular social and humanitarian projects, which were based on the support of Germany and which are implemented in Donbas.

"We will visit a children's hospital financed by Rosa Luxemburg Foundation. We want to see the IDPs shelters projects, where Germany participated, the project of the psychosocial maintenance of those who suffered from the war," the MP noted.

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According to Schwabe, after the end of the visit, they will prepare a report on the expenditure for the implementation of these projects and efficiency of the provision of the aid to the people at the temporarily occupied territories.

Moreover, the delegation will give an appraisal of the state the state of the humanitarian aid to Donbas people.

"4,4 million people are suffering. Germany is interested in helping these people in Ukraine," he noted. Schwabe added that the PACE has the particular concern about the situation with the environment protection.

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Frank Schwabe will also meet the government representatives of Ukraine, the Verkhovna Rada, civil society, and representatives of the international organizations.

As we reported, the Chancellor of Germany arrives in Kyiv, on November 1. It is expected that she will meet with the President Petro Poroshenko, as the President’s Administration reports.

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