Serbia: OSCE Chairperson says Ukraine situation has "improved"

Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) Chairperson Ivica Dacic met with representatives of the OSCE in Belgrade on Wednesday, where they discussed financial and technical issues related to the ongoing mission in eastern Ukraine. OSCE Secretary-General Lamberto Zannier; the organisation's Chairperson-in-Office to Ukraine Heidi Tagliavini, and Chief Monitor of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine Ertrugal Apakan were in attendance. According to Dacic, the situation in Ukraine has "improved" but still requires all parties to fully commit themselves to a "political process." Dacic, who also serves as Serbia's Foreign Minister, went on to suggest forming working groups operating in the economic, security, humanitarian, and political spheres. Tagliavini also spoke at the press conference, calling for both sides to release hostages in a bid to build trust and push through reforms.