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 OSCE SMM to be reinforced with technical facilities, - US Representative Baer

In 2017, the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) will be provided with special equipment.

U.S Representative to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Daniel Baer said in an interview with Ukrinform, Censor.NET reports.

Baer says the mission expects to receive additional equipment in the near future, including cameras, sensors etc., intended to expand its capacities, including seeing beyond the observation points.

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Increasing the number of observers is out of question so far, as it does not make sense as long as on-the-ground observers are unable to move freely and carry out their work, Bayer said.

At present, 700 observers work in Ukraine, of which 600 are deployed in the east of the country.

The diplomat stressed the pressure on Russia and separatists will be maintained to ensure full and unhindered access to the occupied territory, as stipulated by the Minsk agreements.

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The ambassador also noted the United States looks forward to working with the Austrian chairmanship and other member states on enhancing the efficiency of the SMM and ensuring it will get tools, resources and political support necessary to fulfill its mandate.
 
 
 
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