No discussions regarding embodiment of the peacekeeping mission in Donbas – Zannier
11:01 / 26 Jul. 2016 / 41
The OSCE Permanent Council did not conduct any formal discussions regarding the deployment of a peacekeeping mission in Donbas, and a “road map” was not officially presented stated by the OSCE Secretary General Lamberto Zannier.
Working Group on Political Affairs Tripartite Liaison Group keeps on discussions of conditions for conduction and facilitation the organization of the local elections in the East of Ukraine, including the need to provide a fully stable and secure environment. “Normandy format” asked the OSCE to develop options for promoting security of certain areas of Donetsk and Lugansk regions during and after the local elections. The ability to place an international police force is one of those options, “- Mr Zannier said.
According to Mr Zannier in the OSCE Permanent Council no formal discussion of any of the options for the peacekeeping mission in Donbas wasn’t conducted.
The preliminary decision on the issue hadn’t been handed down either. To deploy such a mission and to have a decision by the OSCE Permanent Council need to reach a consensus among all our member states.
The OSCE Secretary General noted that for the deployment of international police forces the unanimous concord of all 57 OSCE member countries is obligatory. However, as long as there is no “road map” officially presented, the discussion on the issue “far from complete”.
He also stressed that the issue regarding the amount of a contingent of international police forces can be discussed only after all 57 states will come to an agreement on the deployment of such a mission.
Earlier, First Deputy Head of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine Alexander Hug said that the OSCE can not deploy the police mission in the Donbas, until all 57 countries participating in the organization will not change the mandate of the CMM, operating in Ukraine.