20 November 2017, 21:11



Hug: OSCE SMM not privy to discussions of peacekeepers in Donbass

LUGANSK, November 20 (Lugansk Media Centre) – The decision to establish a peacekeeping mission in Donbass can be made by the UN Security Council only, while the OSCE SMM is determined to implement its mandate, Principal Deputy Chief monitor of the OSCE SMM Alexander Hug told journalists in Lugansk.

Answering to a question on his opinion on Ukrainian mass media ongoing discussions of 20,000 peacekeepers in Donbass, Hug said that "the OSCE SMM is not privy to these discussions. It is the decision of the UN Security Council - to decide whether, if, when, where and how an operation by the UN will be established".

"The OSCE SMM will continue to implement its mandate, which expires 31 March 2018," he added.

The Permanent Mission of the Russian Federation to the United Nations asked the UN Security Council on Tuesday (5 September) to authorize the deployment of peacekeepers to protect OSCE SMM members who are monitoring the cease-fire. Putin insisted that the peacekeepers should be deployed only along the contact line and only after weapons are withdrawn from the line, and with the approval on LPR and DPR side.

The Package of Measures for the Implementation of the Minsk Agreements was adopted by the Contact Group on Ukraine on 12 February 2015 and supported by member states of the Normandy Four (Germany, Russia, Ukraine and France). The UN Security Council approved the document by its 2202 Resolution and called upon all the sides to ensure full implementation of the Package of Measures.

The document provides for comprehensive ceasefire, withdrawal of all heavy weapons from the contact line, starting a dialog on reconstruction of social and economic ties between Kiev and Donbass. It also envisages carrying out constitutional reform in Ukraine providing for decentralization and adopting permanent legislation on a special status of certain areas of the Donetsk and Lugansk regions.

LuganskMediaCentre — 20 November — Lugansk