: Poroshenko urges OSCE to decide on armed mission to eastern Ukraine

16:01 May. 21, 2016

Poroshenko urges OSCE to decide on armed mission to eastern Ukraine

Ukrainian President Poroshenko gives 10 armoured vehicles to OSCE (GettyImages Photo)

Ukrainian President holds phone talks with leaders of Germany and France

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko held phone talks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande on Saturday, May 21. The leaders discussed the conflict in eastern Ukraine. The local elections and security situation topped their agenda.

During the talks, Poroshenko urged Germany (Berlin is currently holding the rotating OSCE Chairmanship), to make a decision on the armed police mission to the occupied parts of Donbas.

Read also: OSCE could send armed police to Donbas during elections

"President emphasized on the importance of the armed mission in Donbas. He asked Germany to fasten the consideration of the idea", Poroshenko's press-service reported.

Poroshenko said, the OSCE police mission could help keep the ceasefire in tact. This, in turn, would make the local elections in the region possible.

Read also: OSCE chief monitor: Decision on Donbas should have backing of all 57 OSCE members

"The leaders agreed, despite the ceasefire agreement the security situation remained difficult. They also coordinated their positions on the negotiations regarding the exchange of the prisoners of war and sanctions against Russia", the message said.


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