OSCE ready to observe Ukrainian-Russian border if safety guaranteed

13 February 2015 15:31
(QHA) -

The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) says its monitors are ready to observe the Ukrainian-Russian border if they get an appropriate mandate and safety guarantees.

Speaking in Kyiv on February 13, OSCE Secretary-General Lamberto Zannier noted that the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine now has a small division that has a right only to monitor a few specific parts of the border.

He also said the peace deal reached in Minsk on February 12 doesn’t currently envisage the monitoring of the border.

Meanwhile, Russian envoy to the OSCE Andrei Kelin told Rossia 24 television that the number of monitors in the conflict zone in eastern Ukraine will increase from 230 to 350 by February 14.

According to the agreement reached by the Ukrainian, Russian, German, and French leaders in Minsk, a cease-fire to be monitored by the OSCE is to begin after midnight on February 15.