: Poroshenko: Armed OSCE mission would secure local elections
Politics12:41 Apr. 2, 2016
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Poroshenko: Armed OSCE mission would secure local elections

Local elections are a requirement of the Minsk ceasefire agreement

Armed police could be deployed with OSCE's observers in Ukraine, under a proposal by President Petro Poroshenko. He says such a force would provide the necessary security during future local elections in the Donbas region. Mr. Poroshenko made the suggestion in Washington, on the final day of the Nuclear Security Summit.

Petro Poroshenko, Ukrainian President: "We have to ensure the actual withdrawal of Russian troops and guarantee the storage of weapons held by the illegal armed groups. One of the most likely and acceptable options to resolve this problem is an international security component in the form of an armed OSCE mission. In order to do this, we definitely need an OSCE's decision on extending the mandate, and we are now effectively conducting negotiations with our partners to ensure this security component."

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Mr. Poroshenko also used his meetings with world leaders to reiterate Ukraine's support for the Minsk ceasefire agreement - most of which has yet to be fulfilled.

Petro Poroshenko, Ukrainian President: "It's Ukraine's firm position that a security component is necessary for the implementation of the Minsk agreements in full. This component includes the fact we must ensure ceasefire, an effective regime of monitoring weapons withdrawal and effective control over the uncontrolled section of the Ukrainian-Russian border."

The president's meetings also touched on Russia's nuclear weapons movements in occupied Crimea and the strengthening of cooperation between Ukraine and NATO.

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