The decision taken by consensus indicates that “the scope for a cooperative solution to the Ukraine crisis persists among the 57 participating states even under the current challenging circumstances,” OSCE Chairperson-in-Office and Swiss Foreign Minister Didier Burkhalter said.
The timely extension of the current mandate, which will expire on September 20, 2014, allows the mission to operate uninterrupted, he said.
The mission’s mandate and the deployment of monitors to Kherson, Odessa, Lviv, Ivano-Frankivsk, Kharkiv, Donetsk, Dnepropetrovsk, Chernivtsi, and Luhansk, with Kyiv as head office, remain unchanged, the OSCE said.
At present, the monitoring mission includes 227 monitors from 41 countries plus local staff, the OSCE said.
Developments in Ukraine since November 2013 have resulted in tension and unrest in parts of the country. The Mission was deployed following a request to the OSCE by Ukraine’s government and a consensus agreement by all 57 OSCE participating States. The monitors are to contribute to reducing tensions and fostering peace, stability and security. They also help to monitor and support the implementation of all OSCE principles and commitments.