OSCE CHAIRPERSON-IN-OFFICE ANN LINDE VISITED EECP IN ZOLOTE
OSCE Chairperson-in-Office, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Sweden, Ann Linde is visiting Luhansk oblast together with a Ukrainian delegation.
Ann Linde arrived in Ukraine at the invitation of Minister for Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Dmytro Kuleba.
In the framework of her visit to Luhansk oblast, Ann Linde visited EECP in Zolote, where Deputy Prime Minister of Ukraine Oleksii Reznikov held an offsite meeting with the Chairman of Luhansk Civil-military Administration Serhii Haidai and the Chairman of Donetsk Civil-military Administration Pavlo Kyrylenko.
Ukraine opened the EECP in Zolote along with the new EECP in Shchastia back in November in a follow-up to the agreements reached at the H4 Summit in Paris and follow-up the results of the Trilateral Contact Group consultations which provided for the joint opening of two EECPs in Luhansk oblast to fulfil humanitarian needs.
Ms. Ann Linde noted Ukraine's work in the context of the implementation of the Normandy Four agreements and the Trilateral Contact Group consultations, has acknowledged Ukraine's desire to end the war and expressed support for Ukraine's sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity within its internationally recognized borders, including the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and Sevastopol city.
In the framework of the offsite meeting, Oleksii Reznikov discussed plans with the heads of Donetsk and Luhansk Civil-military Administrations to open multifunctional service centers at Zolote and other EECPs in Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts, similar to Shchastia and Novotroitske, which would have Centers for provision of Administrative services, bank branch, post office, cross-sell store, pharmacy and medical center, mother-and-child room and the like.
Such service centers will be opened at all EECPs on the contact line and administrative line with the Autonomous Republic of Crimea by the end of the year.
It should be noted that the work of EECPs is still blocked by the armed units of the Russian Federation and the Russian-controlled occupation regimes.
In addition, in the framework of the visit to Luhansk oblast, Ann Linde held a meeting with a Chairman of Donetsk Civil-military Administration Pavlo Kyrylenko and the Chairman of Luhansk Civil-military Administration Serhii Haidai to discuss social and humanitarian issues and economic development and investments in the development of the regions. Furthermore, Ms. Ann Linde was interested in how the Russian-controlled occupation regimes observe the regime of silence, inter alia the amount of shelling.
During the meeting with the military personnel, Ann Linde discussed security issues, including the work of the corresponding working group of the Trilateral Contact Group (Ukraine, as the country against which armed aggression is being perpetrated; Russia, as the aggressor country; and the OSCE, as moderator) and the like.
In the course of the visit, the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office met with the staff of the International Committee of the Red Cross and representatives of non-governmental organizations.
The Swedish delegation also included the Ambassador of Sweden to Ukraine Tobias Thyberg, the Head of the OSCE working group Petra Lerke, Head of Department for Eastern Europe of the Foreign Ministry of Sweden Andreas Beckerath, Counselor of the Embassy Katja Ida Salsbek, Adviser to the OSCE Swedish delegation Fredrik Nordin, Political Adviser to OSCE Chairman-in-Office Sami Masjayal, Special Representative of OSCE Chairman-in-Office in Ukraine and Trilateral Contact Group Heidi Grau, Head of OSCE SMM to Ukraine Yasar Halit Cevik.
Let us recall that in March 2020, Ms. Ann Linde had already visited Ukraine as the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Sweden. At that time, Ms. Ann Linde visited the EECP "Stanytsia Luhanska".