57-nation OSCE plays key Ukraine monitoring role

57-nation OSCE plays key Ukraine monitoring role
# 18 April 2014 23:17 (UTC +04:00)

Baku-APA. A 57-nation organization with a history of mediation but no enforcing powers has been tasked with helping to translate diplomatic progress on easing Ukrainian tensions into reality on the ground, APA reports quoting Associated Press.

A special team of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe "should play a leading role" in immediately implementing "de-escalation measures wherever they are needed most," according to an agreement Thursday between Russia, Ukraine, the U.S. and the European Union.

That means primarily eastern Ukraine, where pro-Russian insurgents occupy government buildings in more than 10 cities. But the OSCE special mission to Ukraine has no muscle to enforce its vague mandate, limiting it to advisory and monitoring roles.

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THE OPERATION IS BEING PERFORMED