17:21 Jun. 17, 2016
OSCE armed mission must facilitate elections in militant-occupied region
Ukraine insists on the OSCE armed mission in Donbas to provide security before, during and after elections, which are envisaged in the Minsk agreements.
That's according to Deputy Head of the Presidential Administration Kostiantyn Yeliseyev, Interfax-Ukraine news agency reports.
"We will further work both in the Normandy format and in Vienna within the framework of the OSCE in order to have competences and mandate of such a mission clearly shaped. Because without such a mission we cannot talk about proper security and fair elections," Yeliseyev explained.
He also mentioned the previous meeting of Presidents' advisors in a Normandy format. The Ukrainian party there presented its vision of a mission, what elements and members it should include.
"But I emphasize once again that a hard work continues, substantially, such a position strike a chord with our partners," the President's representative said.
Kostiantyn Yeliseyev added the presidential advisors discussed options for Donbas vote, however, a respective law should be adopted by the Ukrainian parliament to make it possible, because "elections in occupied territories never take place."