Ukraine’s FM, OSCE secretary general discuss situation in Ukraine

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Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavel Klimkin discussed the situation in eastern Ukraine with OSCE Secretary General Lamberto Zannier, Swiss President and Foreign Minister in Vienna on Tuesday, the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry information policy department said.

“During the meeting, the parties discussed relevant aspects of cooperation between Ukraine and the OSCE.

Pavel Klimkin informed Lamberto Zannier of the peace plan for settling the situation in the east of the country proposed by Ukrainian President Petr Poroshenko,” it said.

The parties particularly discussed further joint efforts toward releasing eight OSCE observers, whom self-defense activists have been holding as hostages for nearly a month, it said.

Klimkin and Zannier also exchanged opinions on practical aspects of the activity of a project coordinator in Ukraine, Interfax reports.

Klimkin and Swiss Foreign Minister Didier Burkhalter “exchanged opinions on involving the OSCE in the practical implementation of the peace plan, in particular, through the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission’s activity in Ukraine and OSCE chairperson-in-office’s special representative Heidi Tagliavini’s participation in the tripartite contact group.

In addition, practical steps and the time dimension of the peace plan’s implementation have been discussed,” it said. The parties emphasized the importance of immediately freeing refugees, including the OSCE observers, being held by members of illegal armed units. They also agreed that Russia’s full support for the peace plan was important. “Klimkin asked the OSCE chairperson-in-office to assist in releasing Ukrainian moviemaker Oleh Sentsov and other citizens of Ukraine who were illegally detained and accused of terrorist activities,” the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry said.

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