OSCE deploys an Observer Mission to two checkpoints on the Russian-Ukrainian border | Mandate of Special Monitoring Mission extended to March 2015 | MH17: Timeline of a tragedy | OSCE Chairmanship 2015: Serbia presents Chairmanship priorities | Max van der Stoel Award: Kyrgyzstan-based NGO wins prize for work in minority rights

24 July 2014
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The tragic crash of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 on 17 July thrust the Ukraine crisis into the global spotlight. The victims’ families, home countries and the international community all want to understand how this calamity happened.

The OSCE is helping to ensure that answers will be found. Our Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine quickly gained access to the impact site in order to impartially report on measures to secure the site, oversee the collection and transfer of remains, and ensure that international investigators can do their work.

This week our 57 participating States agreed to extend the Special Monitoring Mission’s mandate, and to deploy an Observer Mission to two checkpoints on the Russian-Ukrainian border. Please read on for more details.

This issue also reports on the priorities of the 2015 Serbian OSCE Chairmanship, as well as the work of this year’s winner of the Max van der Stoel Award for outstanding efforts to improve the status of national minorities in the OSCE area. And for more insight into the OSCE, please see our Security Community magazine.
 

Lamberto Zannier
OSCE Secretary General

Ukraine in focus

OSCE deploys an Observer Mission to two checkpoints on the Russian-Ukrainian border

The Permanent Council, accepting the invitation of the Russian Federation, decided on 24 July that an OSCE Observer Mission will be tasked with monitoring and reporting on the situation at the Russian checkpoints at Donetsk and Gukovo, as well as on movements across the Russian-Ukrainian border. Learn more

Mandate of Special Monitoring Mission extended to March 2015

After the decision of the OSCE Permanent Council, upon request by the Ukrainian government, to extend the mandate of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) to Ukraine for a further six months, the Chairperson-in-Office and Swiss Foreign Minister, Didier Burkhalter, welcomed that the mission will be able to continue to play its crucial role in assisting Ukraine in de-escalating measures. Learn more

MH17: Timeline of a tragedy

On the afternoon of 17 July, news quickly spread that a passenger airliner had come down in eastern Ukraine, in territory controlled by separatists of the so-called ‘Donetsk People's Republic’.

Different parts of the OSCE acted quickly to enable access for our monitors on the ground. Read the story

OSCE Secretary General Lamberto Zannier on visit to Kyiv met monitors, Trilateral Contact Group members

OSCE Secretary General Lamberto Zannier visited Kyiv from 21 to 23 July 2014. He met with the head of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) to Ukraine Ambassador Ertugrul Apakan and his staff to discuss their work in light of recent developments in the east of Ukraine. Read more

OSCE Permanent Council adopts declaration on plane crash in Ukraine

Representatives of the OSCE’s 57 participating States at the Permanent Council held on 18 July adopted a declaration on the tragic crash of the Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 in Ukraine. Read more | Read the text of the declaration

Crisis response: OSCE Monitors in Ukraine (slideshow)

The decision to send a special monitoring mission was agreed on 21 March by all 57 participating States, including Ukraine, Russia, and the United States, as well as the countries of the European Union. This slideshow explains our monitors’ work. Watch the slideshow

Daily updates from the Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine

To get a better understanding of the situation on the ground in Ukraine, read the daily updates provided for the public and the media by the teams of special monitors. Read more

Background: OSCE engagement with Ukraine

Learn more about OSCE responses to the crisis in Ukraine, ranging from high-level diplomacy and multilateral dialogue, addressing concerns over fundamental freedoms, human rights, through to monitoring, fact-finding and military visits. Read more

OSCE Chairmanship 2015

Serbia presents Chairmanship priorities

Addressing crises and conflicts in the OSCE region, advancing regional co-operation with a special focus on Western Balkans, stepping up work on youth and security and promoting water governance are among the priorities of the incoming Serbian Chairmanship in 2015. Read more

Max van der Stoel Award

Kyrgyzstan-based NGO wins prize for work in minority rights

Spravedlivost, a non-governmental organization based in Jalal-Abad in southern Kyrgyzstan, has been named by the international jury, led by OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities Astrid Thors, the 2014 winner of the Max van der Stoel Award, for its outstanding work in improving the position of national minorities. Read more

Security Community Magazine

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