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US wants OSCE observers in Ukraine 'immediately'

Published on Mar 3, 2014 5:23 PM

VIENNA (AFP) - The OSCE should "immediately" send an observer mission to Ukraine, the US envoy said as the pan-European body met in Vienna on Monday.

"We call today for OSCE observers to be sent immediately to Ukraine," ambassador Daniel Baer said in a speech, released on Monday, to the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe.

He said that the OSCE "should make the decision today to move forward with plans and preparation for a monitoring mission immediately".

He said this would "monitor and prevent conflict; ensure the protection of human rights of members of minorities; prevent border conflict; promote respect for territorial integrity; and to maintain peace, stability and security in the region."

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