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Ceasefire in Ukraine mostly holds — OSCE chairperson

February 26, 2015, 8:33 UTC+3 WASHINGTON
Preventing escalation of the Ukrainian crisis which could later turn into a larger confrontation is the main priority for OSCE
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OSCE observers in eastern Ukraine

OSCE observers in eastern Ukraine

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WASHINGTON, February 25. /TASS/. The ceasefire agreement between Donbas self-defense forces and Ukrainian forces is mostly implemented, Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Chairperson-in-Office, Serbian Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic said on Wednesday.

The ceasefire regime in Ukraine, though fragile, mostly holds, Dacic said at a session of the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe (Helsinki Commission) in Washington, DC.

Preventing escalation of the Ukrainian crisis which could later turn into a larger confrontation is the main priority for OSCE, Dacic noted. The organization is actively facilitating "diplomatic settlement" of the Ukrainian crisis, he added.

Commenting on Monday’s meetings with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin in New York, Dacic said the agreement was reached on extending the work of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission in Ukraine for one more year. "We succeeded in reaching an agreement on extending the [mission’s] mandate for full 12 months," Dacic said.

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