Ways to settle Ukraine conflict: Ukraine needs up to 20,000 strong OSCE police mission in Donbas

12:36 Nov. 4, 2016

Ukraine needs up to 20,000 strong OSCE police mission in Donbas

OSCE SMM observers in UKraine's Donetsk region (UNIAN photo)

Germany, which holds OSCE chairmanship, says it is next to impossible to find such a number of qualified people

Ukraine offers that the armed police mission of the OSCE in Donbas amount to 18,000-20,000 people, said Gernot Erler, Special Representative of the Federal Government of Germany for the OSCE Chairmanship in 2016 and coordinator for intersocietal cooperation with Russia, Central Asia and the Eastern Partnership countries, UNIAN reports.

Erler noted that Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko after a Normandy Four meeting in Berlin had mentioned the issue of the OSCE mission, but it was not on top agenda for the negotiations.

The German official also reminded of the pretext for the possible introduction of such mission, that is ensuring security at the local elections in eastern Ukraine. However, as Erler noted, there is no consensus between the Ukrainian and the Russian parties as well as the so-called separatist leaders.

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Stressing the fact that Ukraine has long advocated for the deployment of such a mission, the German official said that the issue was not an easy one, as there has never been such an armed police mission of the OSCE before. All 57 OSCE participating states have to agree with such a proposal. Ukraine sees this armed mission to be 18,000- 20,000 strong, according to Erler.

He added that the OSCE has so far only provided 700-800 monitors, claiming it was difficult to find even that number of qualified people to join the mission, let alone larger numbers.

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President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Francois Hollande and Russian President Vladimir Putin held talks in the Normandy format in Berlin October 19. According to the president of Ukraine, Russia supported the idea of the need to deploy an armed OSCE police mission in Donbas .

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