Klimkin, Steinmeier discuss further implementation of Minsk accords
Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin met with OSCE Chairperson-in-Office, German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier in Vienna, Austria, on January 14 to discuss further implementation of the Minsk peace agreements, according to the press service of the Ukrainian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Klimkin expressed full support for the priority tasks of the German Chairmanship of the OSCE in 2016, in particular, the settlement of the Donbas conflict.
"The parties discussed the implementation of the Minsk agreements. The Ukrainian Minister has provided compelling evidence of systematic flagrant violations of the Minsk agreements by militants, including the use of heavy weapons that must have been withdrawn. Emphasis was placed on the need to ensure full and unhindered access of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to the areas that are not under control of the Government of Ukraine, including along the Ukrainian-Russian state border," the report says.
It is reported that this factor and achieving a full ceasefire will play a crucial role in advancing the settlement of the conflict in the east of Ukraine. Klimkin noted the need for further strengthening of the OSCE to facilitate the resolution of the Donbas crisis as well as for effective joint efforts with other international organizations that have needed experience and resources.