#AceWorldNews UKRAINE April 21 In keeping with the…

#AceWorldNews – UKRAINE – April 21 – In keeping with the Geneva agreement, Ukraine is working out measures to de-escalate tensions in the east of the country, acting Ukrainian Foreign Minister Andrii Deshchytsia said.

“We meet in the four-party format every day, with the participation of the leadership of the mission of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), to work out measures towards de-escalation of the situation in the eastern part of Ukraine,” he said.

However, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said earlier in the day that the Ukrainian authorities were not complying with the Geneva agreement.


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#AceWorldNews UKRAINE April 21 A monitoring mission of…

#AceWorldNews – UKRAINE – April 21 – A monitoring mission of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) has arrived in the town of Sloviansk in Ukraine’s eastern Donetsk region to investigate a shooting incident that took place there on the Easter night last weekend, the Deutsche Welle media corporation said on Monday.


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` German FM Frank Steinmeier Has Called on the West to focus on Preventing Further Escalation in Ukraine ‘

#AceNewsServices – UKRAINE – April 20 – German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier has called on the West to focus on preventing “further escalation” in Ukraine rather than on sanctions to target Russia, according to Germany’s Bild am Sonntag newspaper, which is expected to publish the full interview on Sunday.

“I sometimes wish that the same engagement being used for the debate about sanctions would also exist when it comes to avoiding a further escalation,” Steinmeier told the newspaper. “We have already exhaustively discussed the sanctions issue.”

He also stressed that Germany supports the agreement reached in Geneva on the de-escalation of the conflict and vowed support to the OSCE mission in Ukraine.

“It was clear that peace in Ukraine would not be immediately restored after the agreement in Geneva. Now the most important is that the agreed measures are implemented,” he said.

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#AceWorldNews UKRAINE April 18 British Prime Minister David…

#AceWorldNews – UKRAINE – April 18 – British Prime Minister David Cameron promised to provide an extra $1.7 million for the OSCE’s special monitoring mission in Ukraine, following his conversations with European Council President Herman Van Rompuy and later US President Barack Obama. Cameron added that in the meantime, the EU should not stop its preparations for potential additional sanctions against Russia.


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#AceWorldNews UKRAINE April 14 OSCE In the city…

#AceWorldNews – UKRAINE – April 14 – (OSCE) – In the city of Donetsk, although the number of barricades at the occupied Oblast Administration Building and tents on Lenin Square did not appear to be increasing and no pedestrians were observed near the regional police headquarters, the monitors judged that the situation could deteriorate.

In Kharkiv the monitors noted a large police presence, with up to 600 protesters in Shevchenko Park and a different group of around 2,000 protesters, who moved to the City Administration Building in the mid-afternoon. City Mayor Gennady Kernes addressed the crowd, after an initial delay, calling for a stop to the blockade and negotiations.

In Luhansk the situation also remained tense, with up to 5,000 people in front of the Luhansk Teams of OSCE monitors have been working in Donetsk, Kharkiv and Luhansk since the end of March.

Their deployment follows the decision of the OSCE Permanent Council of 21 March to deploy the Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine for an initial period of six months.

The mission consists initially of 100 civilian monitors, and can be expanded to 500 people.

The Mission’s mandate covers the whole territory of Ukraine, but monitors are initially being deployed to Kherson, Odessa, Lviv, Ivano-Frankivsk, Kharkiv, Donetsk, Dnepropetrovsk, Chernivtsi, Luhansk and Kyiv.

Read More: http://www.osce.org/ukrainemonitoring/117622


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` RFM has Urged Ukraine to Immediately Stop Gross and Massive Human Rights Violations of Russian Speaking Population ‘

#AceNewsServices – MOSCOW – April 11 – The Russian Foreign Ministry has urged Ukraine to immediately stop gross and massive human rights violations of the Russian-speaking population, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov said.

Over 20 Russian journalists banned from entering Ukraine — OSCE envoy

The position of ethnic Russians in Ukraine is “a source of our serious concern.”

“They have been declared a non-indigenous people, a minority, aliens or occupiers. Such cliche’s issued at an official are inciting ethnic strife banned by the international human rights law and international treaties to which Ukraine is a signatory,” Gatilov stressed.

“We are calling on the Ukrainian side to immediately stop gross and massive human rights violations and get down to construction of a rule-of-law state based on genuine democratic standards and respect for the legitimate interests of all groups of population (in Ukraine),” the Russian diplomat stressed.

As was reported by Tass on Thursday more than 20 Russian journalists were not permitted to enter Ukraine to perform their professional duties, Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Representative for the Freedom of Media Dunja Mijatovic told reporters on Thursday.

She expressed deep concern over the restrictions imposed by Ukrainian authorities that hamper the freedom of media.


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` Twenty Russian Journalists were not Permitted to Enter ` Ukraine ‘ OSCE Reports ‘

#AceBreakingNews – VIENNA – April 10 – More than 20 Russian journalists were not permitted to enter Ukraine to perform their professional duties, Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Representative for the Freedom of Media Dunja Mijatovic told reporters on Thursday.


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OSCE: ` Bloody Attack ‘ on `Reyhani ‘ Carried out by ` Al-Qaeda ‘ and not by Government of Assad ‘

#AceWorldNews – April 06 – (OSCE) – SYRIA – The bloody attack on the border town of Reyhanlı was carried out by Syrian elements of Al-Qaeda, and not by groups connected to the government of Bashar Assad, Tacan Ildem, Turkey’s representative to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), told the OSCE Permanent Council on March 27.

The report, published in Sunday’s Zaman, is the first time a Turkish official has contradicted the long-standing Turkish assertion that Damascus was behind the attack.

On May 11, 2013, twin car bombings left 53 people dead and 140 wounded. It is the single deadliest terrorist act in the history of Turkey.


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` Security and Stabilisation Talks on ` begin in ` Transcaucasia ‘ have started in Geneva ‘

#AceWorldNews – GENEVA – March 26 – The 27th round of Geneva discussions on security and stability in Transcaucasia have started in Geneva.

The consultations are held under the auspices of the UN, the European Union and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) and involve delegations of Russia, Abkhazia, South Ossetia, Georgia and the United States.

The delegations have met within two working groups – for security and humanitarian issues.

The priority task is to work out guarantees of Georgia’s non-use of force against neighbouring states. Russia’s initiative on making a statement by all participants is on the agenda.

The parties fail to make the statement because Georgia gives it up. Georgia demands Russia make a unilateral statement on the non-use of force against Georgia. Moscow declines and calls on its partners not to regard it as a party to the Georgian conflict.

The latest Geneva discussions were held in December 2013.

Head of the Russian delegation, Deputy Foreign Minister Grigory Karasin told Itar-Tass that Georgia had not changed its position.

The lack of progress has been conditioned by the fact that “it is rather difficult to get rid of old inertia when Mikhail Saakashvili was Georgia’s president”, the Russian top diplomat said.


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