Ann Linde called for unblocking the work of the OSCE mission in Donbas

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OSCE Chairperson-in-Office Ann Linde and OSCE Secretary General Helga Maria Schmidt called for unblocking the organization’s mission in eastern Ukraine.

UA writes about it with reference to the OSCE website.

Schmidt stressed that the mission should have safe and secure access throughout Ukraine without restrictions.

“The situation in Donetsk undermines this mandate, limits transparency and undermines trust” – she said.

At the same time, Linde noted that the current restrictions affect the civilian population on both sides of the line of contact.

“There can be no excuse for interfering with the work of the mission in any form. The SMM must be provided with the necessary means to carry out its work throughout Ukraine in accordance with its mandate, the Minsk agreements and the general agreed conclusions of the Normandy Summit” – Linde said.

To remind, the OSCE SMM has stopped working in occupied Donetsk for security reasons. This decision is connected with the holding of a rally of supporters of the so-called “DPR” in Donetsk on October 15-16 at the entrance to the Park Inn hotel, where the OSCE office is located.

Earlier, Ukraine called on the OSCE to remotely monitor the situation in the occupied Crimea.

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