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OSCE open for discussion of police mission options in Donbas – Zannier

OSCE is open for a discussion of the deployment of the police mission in eastern Ukraine, according to OSCE Secretary General Lamberto Zannier
OSCE open for discussion of police mission options in Donbas - Zannier

OSCE has no specific proposal towards deployment of the police mission in eastern Ukraine, but the organization is open for a discussion, according to OSCE Secretary General Lamberto Zannier, Joinfo.ua reports with reference to Interfax-Ukraine.

“We have a mandate [of mission working in Ukraine].The mandate is for an unarmed civilian mission. The mission’s functions have been expanding, because we are monitoring and facilitating the agreements made in Minsk. We have heard statements about the police [mission], but at this moment there is no specific proposal of the OSCE on this. There are ideas out there that seem to be different. There are ideas for a police contingent, some others to give weapons to the monitors in the Contact Zone, so I am very open to be supportive,” the OSCE secretary general told in an interview with media in Kyiv on Monday.

Zannier stressed that the OSCE has potentially the ability to have a “more robust kind of operations.”

“So, we certainly have the discussion. We can see what can be done. We have to see the parameters of what is being proposed. We need to have a consensus. So, everyone has to agree,” he said.

It should be recalled that earlier the Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said that he expected the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) to make a decision in the near future on setting up and deploying an armed police mission in Donbas.