OSCE mandate at Russian checkpoints Gukovo and Donetsk extended to Jan 31, 2017
The OSCE Permanent Council in Vienna late yesterday extended the mandate of the OSCE Observer Mission at the Russian border checkpoints of Gukovo and Donetsk by three months to January 31, 2017.
The mandate of the Mission remains unchanged. Operating under the principles of impartiality and transparency, the observers will monitor and report on the situation at the two Russian checkpoints, as well as on the movements across the border, the OSCE said in a press release.
Read alsoOSCE monitors cannot reach Bohdanivka, cross bridge in Shchastia: areas not deminedThe Observer Mission is composed of 20 Border Observers including the Chief Observer. The Mission is supported administratively by the OSCE Secretariat in Vienna.
Flavien Schaller, the Chief of the Observer Mission, will continue to provide regular reports through the Chairmanship to the Permanent Council.
The Mission has been on the ground since July 29, 2014 following a consensus decision of the OSCE Permanent Council.