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Minister Sherlock announces funding to help stabilise Ukraine

 

Minister for Development, Trade Promotion, and North South Co-operation, Seán Sherlock, TD, today announced additional funding of €200,000 for the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine.

 

Minister Sherlock pledged the additional funding at the OSCE Ministerial Council in Basel today.

The monitoring mission was established by the 57 OSCE participating States in March 2014 and has been the primary response of the international community to the crisis in Ukraine. It is designed to reduce tensions and foster peace, stability and security.

Speaking in Basel, Minister Sherlock said:

“The current situation in Ukraine is very fragile and a cause of great concern.

“From the outset, Ireland has consistently underlined the need for dialogue to bring this tragic conflict to an end.

“Ireland will continue to support Ukraine as it works towards a peaceful resolution of the conflict in the east and we will stand with the people of Ukraine as they seek to build a more secure, inclusive and democratic future.

“I am pleased to pledge a further contribution of €200,000 for the work of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission in Ukraine. This brings Ireland’s additional voluntary contribution to the Mission to €300,000 this year and is a concrete indication of the importance Ireland attaches to this vital work.

“I would also like to pay tribute to the monitors taking part in the Mission for their tireless work in difficult conditions, including the three Irish observers that are currently deployed.

“Ireland strongly supports the vital work that the OSCE is carrying out in Ukraine."

Minister Sherlock also met with the Secretary General of the OSCE, Lamberto Zannier, and the Foreign Ministers of Monaco and San Marino to discuss issues of mutual interest including trade and engagement with multilateral organisations.

 

ENDS

Press Office
4 December 2014

 

Notes to Editors:

  • The OSCE (Organization for Security Co-operation in Europe) is an intergovernmental regional security organisation comprising 57 States from Europe, Central Asia and North America. The OSCE deals with a wide range of security issues, including conflict prevention and resolution, arms control, confidence and security building measures, human rights, election monitoring and economic and environmental security.
  • In 2012, Ireland assumed the Chairmanship of the OSCE for the first time.
  • The OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine, established by the 57 OSCE participating States on 21 March 2014, has been the primary response of the international community to the crisis in Ukraine.
  • The aim of the Mission is to contribute, throughout the country and in co-operation with the concerned OSCE executive structures and relevant actors of the international community to reducing tensions and fostering peace, stability and security; and to monitoring and supporting the implementation of all OSCE principles and commitments. The activities of the Mission are directly linked to the Ireland’s goal of “contributing to international peace, security and human rights".
  • This is Ireland’s second voluntary contribution to the Mission. A contribution of €100,000 was made to the Mission in July 2014. To date, the OSCE has deployed approximately 200 monitors to Ukraine.
  • There have been five Irish seconded with the Mission and three are currently deployed, with a further three to deploy shortly.
  • The OSCE Ministerial Council is a key political decision making body of the OSCE. A number of decisions may be agreed across the three dimensions of the Organisation. This year’s Ministerial Council will largely focus on the situation in and around Ukraine and its implications for the European Security order.