Statement by OSCE Chairperson-in-Office Linde on latest Trilateral Contact Group meeting,

The OSCE Chairperson-in-Office, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Sweden, Ann Linde, welcomed the strong determination to fully adhere to the Measures to Strengthen the Ceasefire agreement of 22 July 2020 expressed at yesterday’s meeting of the Trilateral Contact Group.

“This represents a small but important first step towards de-escalation along the contact line. After nearly eight years of conflict, it is high time to ease the plight of civilians in eastern Ukraine who deserve to live without fear of shelling,” Linde said.

“In light of recent developments, it is also all the more critical that the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine – the eyes and ears of the OSCE and the international community on the ground – is allowed to carry out its impartial and fact-based monitoring and reporting on the security situation without restrictions,” she added. Läs uttalandet