Federal Minister for foreign Affairs of Germany Frank-Walter Steinmeier said that the budget of the OSCE mission in Ukraine now would amount to almost 100 million euros.
This is stated in his statement concerning the decision of the OSCE Permanent Council in Vienna to extend the mandate of the Special monitoring mission of OSCE in Ukraine until 31 March 2017, reports UNIAN.
«I am delighted that we achieved the extension of the mandate of the Special monitoring mission of the OSCE in Ukraine for the next year until the end of March 2017. We also adopted a new budget for the mission, which has almost 100 million euros. Thus, we guaranteed that the Special monitoring mission will continue to implement and expand its important role in the stabilization of the ceasefire during the execution of the Minsk agreements,» said Steinmeier.
To date, some 700 observers from 46 OSCE countries work every day to provide objective information on observance of the ceasefire and the withdrawal of certain weapons in Eastern Ukraine.
«Unfortunately, they reported that the ceasefire remains fragile and that the mission still does not have full access to the entire conflict zone. If we want to move forward in the implementation of the Minsk agreements, progress must be achieved on these items. All the parties must adhere strictly to the ceasefire and, eventually, to provide the Special monitoring mission unimpeded access to the entire conflict area, without any exceptions», — said Steinmeier.
As reported, the OSCE Permanent Council extended the mandate of the Special OSCE monitoring mission in Ukraine until 31 March 2017.
The OSCE mission has repeatedly stated that she is investigating and reporting on facts; that it does not deliver humanitarian aid, and contributes to its delivery. The mission noted that to stop the shelling in the Donbass by military conflict, not the OSCE observers.
The composition of the OSCE special monitoring mission composed of unarmed civilian observers, as well as international workers from the countries-participants of OSCE, they help employees from Ukraine.
Teams of observers working in shifts to ensure a presence on the ground 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
The main office is in Kyiv; observers in Dnipropetrovsk, Donetsk, Ivano-Frankivsk, Kyiv, Luhansk, Lviv, Odesa, Kharkiv, Kherson and Chernivtsi.
The budget of the OSCE mission in Ukraine now would amount to almost 100 million euros, said Steinmeier 19.02.2016