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OSCE drafts roadmap for resolving Ukrainian crisis

May 07, 2014, 18:55 UTC+3

The document will be presented to all the four parties of the Geneva accords

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OSCE Chairperson-in-Office Didier Burkhalter

OSCE Chairperson-in-Office Didier Burkhalter


MOSCOW, May 7. /ITAR-TASS/.The Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) within several hours will propose a roadmap on the resolution of the Ukrainian crisis, Swiss President and OSCE Chairperson-in-Office Didier Burkhalter said after talks with President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday, May 7.

He said the roadmap would be offered to all four parties to the Geneva Statement on Ukraine of April 17 - Russia, Ukraine, the European Union, and the United States.

Key provisions of the roadmap were discussed in Vienna on Tuesday, May 6, and can be stated as follows: ceasefire, de-escalation of tensions, dialogue, and elections.

The OSCE has proposed concrete steps towards implementing these provisions. Burkhalter said it would be important for top-level officials and persons bearing political responsibility to reject violence and stop all armed actions, intimidations and provocations.

He supported Putin’s call for postponing the referendum on federalisation in Ukraine from May 11 until a later date in order to foster a dialogue.

Burkhalter also called for disarmament in order to de-escalate tensions in Ukraine and offered financial support for this process.

He agreed that decentralisation should be among key issues to be discussed by the conflicting parties.

The OSCE chief said his organisation was prepared to coordinate the implementation of the proposed plan. To this end, he will go to Brussels tonight and maintain close contact with the United Nations and the United States.

Earlier on Wednesday, OSCE Chairperson-in-Office Didier Burkhalter met with Russia's President Vladimir Putin in the Kremlin.

Russian human rights council urges OSCE to step up de-escalation efforts in Ukraine

Chairman of the Russian Council for Civil Society and Human rights Mikhail Fedotov addressed OSCE (Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe) Secretary General Lamberto Zannier with an urge to step up efforts to deescalate tensions in Ukraine and implement agreements reached in Geneva on April 17.

The Council is ready “to contribute to international work for strengthening guarantees of human rights and freedoms in Ukraine”, says the letter to Lamberto Zannier released on the Council’s site on Wednesday.

As a confirmation, Fedotov points to the fact that on February 26, the Council set up a temporary task group to monitor the human rights situation in Ukraine. On May 5, the task group’s report prompted the Council to express its readiness to become a partner of the OSCE observation mission in arranging negotiations between the confronting parties in Ukraine.

In its statement, the Council also urged the Ukrainian Parliament, Verkhovna Rada, “to stop using armed forces, heavy vehicles and aviation in Donetsk and other regions and start peaceful talks with supporters of federalization via special negotiation bodies” and called on the armed opposition to “refrain from applying weapons and start negotiations with the OSCE mediation”.

Furthermore, the Council requested Rada to start “a thorough and transparent investigation of the Odessa tragedy, with participation of observers from OSCE and UN as well as humanitarian and human rights organizations” and suggested Ukraine provides “access to the violence afflicted regions for foreign, including Russian, humanitarian missions”.

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