MOSCOW, July 1, 2014 /CNW/ - Experts at the International Foundation for
Better Governance (IFBG) welcomed Russian Government proposals for
joint monitoring of key points on the Russian-Ukrainian border today as
a key step towards normalising the situation in Ukraine. The IFBG
welcomes this initiative as crucial to support of the peace programme
for the troubled region, and creating the climate in which further
discussion and negotiation can resolve the conflict.
Following talks between the leaders of France, Germany, Russia and
Ukraine, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov announced Russian
proposals for increased collaboration with Ukrainian border control
representatives and Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe
(OSCE) observers. Such efforts will help increase transparency and
support the peace process.
"We will be ready to submit a draft resolution to the OSCE's Permanent
Council shortly, authorizing the deployment of OSCE observers at
Russian border checkpoints, which is expected to guarantee control over
their transparency and to demonstrate that these border checkpoints are
not being used for illegal purposes," Sergey Lavrov said.
Under the proposals Russia will allow Ukrainian representatives to be
present at all border check point on the Russian side. Both OSCE
observers and Ukrainian representatives may be present at all Russian
border check points not controlled from the opposite side by Ukrainian
border guards. The invitation to Ukrainian border guards and OSCE
observers will remain open provided the cease-fire is maintained.
According to the IFBG, the plans are a welcome gesture of goodwill on
Russia's part and reaffirm the country's commitment to the peace
process in Ukraine.
It is to be hoped that this initiative will prove to be one of many
illustrations of multi-lateral collaboration to support the Ukrainian
peace process and ultimately enable the country to provide a stable and
supportive environment for its citizens.
Practical implementation is expected to follow shortly. According to Mr
Lavrov, Russia expects consultations to "start very soon between the Russian and Ukrainian border guard services
in order to agree parameters for the presence of Ukrainian border guard
monitors at Russian checkpoints."
SOURCE: International Foundation for Better Governance
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