Russian envoy Kelin says OSCE starts working on ceasefire monitoring proposals

The OSCE Secretariat and Chairperson-in-Office are already considering a possible involvement of the OSCE mission in ceasefire monitoring in eastern Ukraine, Russian Permanent Representative to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe Andrei Kelin said.

The OSCE Secretariat and Chairperson-in-Office are already considering a possible involvement of the OSCE mission in ceasefire monitoring in eastern Ukraine, Russian Permanent Representative to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe Andrei Kelin said.

"The question was raised in the [OSCE] Permanent Council yesterday. The Swiss chairmanship said it had been drawing up proposals in cooperation with the OSCE Secretariat so that the OSCE mission in Ukraine could accomplish this mission [ceasefire control] by the time the fire was ceased and that [service] was required," Kelin told Interfax on Friday.

Both monitors and drones can control the ceasefire, Kelin noted.

"There are two aspects, in all. One is about control by the monitors, who will go on patrolling missions. There is relevant experience but it will be necessary to enlarge the mission's human resources. The second option is the use of unmanned aerial vehicles which the OSCE is also considering," the senior Russian diplomat said.

"Some preparatory work, technical, has been done. But there are still many problems with the use [of the drones], as this is a completely new experience for the OSCE. We shall see if this is possible," Kelin noted.

He said future control over the ceasefire in Ukraine would not require additional approval by the OSCE. "As I can see now, additional decisions will not be necessary. We will just discuss the issue routinely," Kelin said.

"As a rule, any peacekeeping operation aims to separate the sides, in the first turn. Any ceasefire requires the mandatory creation of a security buffer zone," the senior Russian diplomat pointed out.

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