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Poroshenko, OSCE PA head discuss situation in occupied territories of Ukraine

KYIV. Oct 13 (Interfax-Ukraine) – Leader of the European Solidarity party, the fifth president of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko, at a meeting with OSCE Parliamentary Assembly (PA) President Margareta Cederfelt, discussed the security situation in occupied Donbas.

According to the European Solidarity press service on Wednesday, the sides expressed their strong condemnation of Russia’s decision to block the extension of the mandate of the OSCE observation mission at Russian entry-exit checkpoints across the Russian-Ukrainian state border (Hukove and Donetsk).

Cederfelt said the Minsk agreements for her are the most fundamental, the most important agreements. They must be observed and respected. She is also very grateful to the OSCE observers, and she is very sorry that Russia vetoed the continuation of their mission at the borders. The OSCE Parliamentary Assembly really needs reports from observers from Donetsk and Luhansk regions. The fact that the OSCE can no longer carry out the mission there is very bad. People there live in very difficult conditions.

The sides noted the role of the OSCE SMM in the search for a peaceful settlement and supported the importance of continuing its activities in full.

The party said that Poroshenko expressed confidence in the need for "more active involvement of the OSCE in the urgent release by Russia of political prisoners in the occupied territories, including representatives of the Crimean Tatar people."

They paid special attention to the issues of the de-occupation of the Crimean peninsula. The sides stressed the importance of the OSCE’s participation in relevant international initiatives, including the Crimea Platform.

The sides discussed challenges in the field of democracy in Ukraine, problems of ensuring the rule of law, judicial reform, ensuring freedom of the media and the stability of public institutions, primarily in the context of the threats of parliamentarism in Ukraine. It was noted at the meeting that an effective fight against corruption should remain among the indisputable priorities of Ukraine.