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Military observers from 21 OSCE countries on way to Crimea

March 06, 2014, 18:07 UTC+3 VIENNA
Under the Vienna document on confidence-building measures and security, each country can send no more than two experts
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A demonstration in front of Crimea's parliament

A demonstration in front of Crimea's parliament

© ITAR-TASS/Valery Matytsin

VIENNA, March 06. /ITAR-TASS/. Military observers from 21 member countries of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) left Odessa, Ukraine, by bus and headed to Crimea (autonomy within Ukraine) on Thursday, March 6.

On Wednesday, March 5, the Lithuanian Foreign Ministry said the observers had failed to reach Crimea.

The group of experts was set up after Ukraine had sent an invitation to its OSCE partners. Twenty-one countries responded. A total of 40 observers and one Conflict Prevention Centre official left for Ukraine.

The decision to send observers to Ukraine was made by Great Britain, Hungary, Germany, Denmark, Ireland, Canada, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Poland, Slovakia, Turkey, the United States, Finland, France, the Czech Republic, Sweden, and Estonia. They were later joined by Austria, Iceland and Italy.

Under the Vienna document on confidence-building measures and security, each country can send no more than two experts. No mandate of the OSCE Standing Committee is need for forming a group of observers.

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