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Participation of Ukraine in the OSCE
01 January 2020 00:00

The main areas of cooperation between Ukraine and the OSCE include the following:

1. Recognition by the international community of the facts of violation by the Russian Federation of the fundamental principles and commitments within the OSCE as a result of the military aggression in Eastern Ukraine, the illegal occupation and attempted annexation of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol, condemnation of kidnapping and illegal detention of the Ukrainian citizens in Russia and illegally occupied Crimea. The use of the OSCE tools and the events within the OSCE to stop the Russian aggression against Ukraine and restoration of the rights abused.

2. Ensuring support from the OSCE and participating States to Ukraine's activities in defending sovereignty and territorial integrity, implementation of the necessary reforms.

3. Strengthening cooperation with the OSCE institutions and participating States to enhance the capacities of the OSCE SMM in Eastern Ukraine, to expand the mandate of the OSCE monitors to the all checkpoints of the Ukrainian-Russian border, to ensure the ODIHR monitoring of the trial cases in Russia with the Ukrainian citizens - political prisoners.

4. Ensuring such priority for Ukraine issues to be kept in the OSCE agenda as: ceasing violations of the fundamental principles and commitments within the OSCE caused by the on-going Russia's aggression against Ukraine and illegal occupation of Crimea, restoring trust, necessity of peaceful settlement of conflicts, strengthening the OSCE tools in preventing conflicts, updating security and confidence building measures, ensuring the freedoms of speech and mass-media, fighting propaganda, strengthening protection of the human rights, prevention of misuse of the consensus rule.

5. Involvement of the expert potential of the OSCE through extension of the projects of practical assistance in implementing the reforms program in Ukraine.

6. Settlement of the so called "frozen conflicts" in Transnistria (Moldova), Abkhazia and South Ossetia (Georgia), and Nagorno-Karabakh (Azerbaijan).

7. Strengthening the effectiveness of the OSCE.

In this context, Ukraine supports in particular the balancing of the three OSCE dimensions, enhanced effectiveness of the field operations and OSCE peacekeeping activities, strengthening the OSCE analytic potential, ensuring the principle of the geographic criteria in the employment policy.

Ukraine hosts an OSCE field operation:

The former OSCE Mission in Ukraine was established in August 1994. Its main purpose was to underpin the stabilization processes in Crimea. In 1999 the Mission was closed after full implementation of its mandate. In June 1999, with the adoption of the mandate of OSCE Project Coordinator in Ukraine, a new form of cooperation between Ukraine and OSCE was created. The normative basis of the Coordinator's activities consists of its mandate, adopted by the Decision of the OSCE Permanent Council and being extended every six months, and the Memorandum of Understanding between Ukraine and the OSCE signed on 13 July 1999 and ratified by the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine on 10 January 2000. Currently the PCU is implementing the projects in such fields as: promoting national dialogue; court reform; armaments control; reform of the Armed Forces; social adaptation of the JFO servicemen; fight with the organized crime, terrorism and human trafficking; protection of environment; law enforcement activities and border security; freedom of mass-media; elections; effective governance and gender equality.

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