Belarus: 'No comment' on Poroshenko's police plan for Donbass elections - OSCE's Sajdik

Special Representative of the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office in Ukraine, Martin Sajdik, spoke to the press in Minsk, Wednesday, after a meeting of the Trilateral Contact Group on Ukraine and its working subgroups had finished.
Sajdik stated that the OSCE has not suggested any concrete steps for sending an international police mission to the Donbass region to provide security for elections there, as Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko had suggested. "I have to say that this question is an issue of security and, of course, elections in ORLO and ORDO were discussed during the meeting. But I have to say that until now both the Secretariat and Germany's OSCE chairmanship have not brought forward this proposal," he said, before adding "so, I cannot comment on it."
Moreover, Sajdik stressed that members of the OSCE economic subgroup had discussed such issues as property, pension payments and the restructuring of the Ukrainian railway system. "The current economic separation [of the regions] leads to serious social and economic problems," the OSCE official added.
On March 30, Poroshenko stated that elections in the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Lugansk people's republic (DPR/LPR) would only be possible if "a heavily armed" OSCE police mission were deployed on the ground. He made the comments during a speech in Washington D.C.

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