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ORIGINAL FRENCH ARTICLE: Ukraine: accord pour déployer des observateurs de l’OSCE

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Ukraine: Accord for Deployment of O.S.C.E. Observers

Translated Friday 6 March 2015, by Gene Zbikowski

The presidents of France, Russia, and Ukraine and the German chancellor have agreed to deploy O.S.C.E. observers at the hot spots along the front line in the eastern Ukraine.

Following a telephone conference among Angela Merkel, François Hollande, Vladimir Putin and Petro Poroshenko in the night of March 2-3, an agreement was found among these leaders for the deployment of O.S.C.E. observers at the hot spots along the front line in the eastern Ukraine.

“The participants backed the Ukrainian proposal to deploy Organization for Security and Co-Operation in Europe (O.S.C.E.) observers at all the points where the cease-fire is violated, beginning with ten locations” in the Donetsk and Lugansk regions, part of which is under the control of pro-Russian separatists, according to the Ukrainian president’s office.

Russian, French, and German authorities also mentioned this conversation in their respective press statements, without, however, mentioning the agreement on the deployment of observers to hot spots, which was proposed by Kiev.

The four leaders “have agreed that the O.S.C.E. should play a greater role in keeping an eye on the cease-fire and the withdrawal of arms. They have asked the O.S.C.E. to publish a daily report on on-going developments,” Angela Merkel’s spokesman, Steffen Seibert, stated.

The cease-fire officially came into force in Ukraine on Feb. 15, even though Kiev and the pro-Russian rebels subsequently accused each other several times of having broken the truce.

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