OSCE report on monitors’ restricted operation biased - LPR People’s Militia
LUGANSK, September 7 (Lugansk Media Centre) - LPR People’s Militia believes that Chief Monitor of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine Ertugrul Apakan’s report alleging LPR and DPR-imposed restrictions on the Mission’s operation is biased, LPR People’s Militia spokesman Andrey Marochko told a news briefing at Lugansk Media Centre.
Earlier, the Chief Monitor pointed out that the Mission, in the first half of 2017, had encountered about 480 restrictions and impediments, 75 per cent of which occurred “in areas not controlled by the (Ukrainian) Government.”
“It is very odd to hear such statement from a high-ranking OSCE SMM official. One gets the impression that he had read superficially his colleagues’ daily reports,” Marochko said.
“In LPR, the Missions daily records one restriction of movement due to possible presence of mines and unexploded ordnance in the area to which entry is categorically prohibited to us under the framework agreement; this area is Disengagement Zone No 2 (Pervomaisk-Zolotoye),” the spokesman said.
“On the Ukrainian side, three restrictions are recorded daily in Stanitsa Luganskaya, Schastye bridge and Zolotoye areas. This information is freely available on the OSCE official website,” Marochko said.
“In view of the above, Ertugrul Apakan’s statement looks biased and does not reflect the real situation,” the LPR People’s Militia spokesman said.
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 — 07 September — Lugansk
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