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Foreign Minister Urmas Paet: the presence of international observers in eastern Ukraine is still necessary


At his meeting with UN General Assembly President John W. Ashe, Foreign Minister Urmas Paet said that in spite of the tense security situation, the continuation of the international observer mission throughout the territory of Ukraine is essential. "Everything necessary must be done so that the security of the people participating in the mission is secured to the greatest extent possible," he said.

He gave an overview of the detention of OSCE observers, including a citizen of Estonia. "The OSCE mission has the leading role for achieving their release. Restricting the freedom of observers is totally unacceptable," the Estonian Foreign Minister said.

Paet stated that the threat assessment compiled by the OSCE concerning eastern Ukraine should be used as a basis in the planning of future missions. "If necessary, the strengthening of the OSCE special mission should be considered, as well as the implementation of additional security measures," Paet noted, adding that the OSCE special mission observers have been an effective tool for receiving information about what is happening in the country. The mission must continue in order to implement the mandate," he said.

According to Estonia's Foreign Minister, the clear result of Ukraine's presidential election is an important milestone which will strengthen the country's political stability and allow reforms to go ahead. "We recognize the Ukrainian people's determination in deciding their own future and electing their president in just one round of elections for the first time ever in the country's history," he said.

Paet said that Estonia considers the role of the United Nations General Assembly to be important for solving the humanitarian problems of people living in crisis situations. "We hope that Georgia's refugee resolution will receive strong support next week and will help to resolve the political obstacles remaining since the 2008 war," Paet said.

Paet also spoke to the UN General Assembly President on the subject of indigenous peoples, including the UN World Conference on Indigenous Peoples planned for the end of September, sustainable development, the reform of the UN Security Council and activities of the International Criminal Court.



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