Commenting on the debate about the possible deployment of another mission, Alexander Hug said that this question was to be answered by the OSCE participating states. He stressed that any such decision required a consensus of all 57 OSCE participating states.
He recalled that the OSCE SMM was an unarmed civilian mission which mandate was valid through March 2017. Alexander Hug added that SMM was a field operation which arrived in Ukraine after all 57 participating states had reached a consensus on the unarmed civilian mission deployment.
According to OSCE SMM principal deputy chief monitor, a new unanimous decision of the OSCE participating states is required to change this mandate.