20:16 May. 13, 2016
OSCE says it currently has no precedent for an armed mission
Principal Deputy Chief Monitor Alexander Hug says that a decision on the possible deployment of an armed OSCE mission in Donbas, Ukraine's east, should have the backing of all 57 OSCE participating states during the OSCE Permanent Council.
"The SMM is an unarmed monitoring mission. We are not a party to this conflict. We do not take sides. We do in fact have the political backing of all 57 OSCE participating states, representing every conceivable position and view in relation to this conflict. Our only objective is to bring this conflict to an end," Hug said at a press briefing on Friday.
Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin announced after the Normandy Four foreign ministers' meeting in Berlin, Germany, on May 11, the parties agreed that the presence of an "international component" in Donbas is needed to ensure security.
The sides also discussed what the mandate of this mission and rules for it could be. They also touched on the issue of "a militarized component," he said.
Reporting by UNIAN.