Contact group on Ukraine continues to probe into OSCE vehicle explosion
MINSK, May 15 (Xinhua) -- The Trilateral Contact Group on Ukraine has been continuing to an internal investigation into the death of an OSCE mission officer in a car explosion in Ukraine's Donbas area.
The OSCE's special representative in the trilateral contact group on Ukraine Martin Sajdik issued the statement in Minsk on Monday.
According to Sajdik, the working group on security heard a report on the progress of the internal investigation of the incident, which caused one OSCE mission officer was killed and two were injured on April 23 while their vehicle was blowing up.
The diplomat said this glaring incident, as well as a number of other situations, underscore once again that all parties to the conflict must respect the mandate of the mission and ensure the safety of its work.
Sajdik noted that the incident also recalled the need for mine clearance, and maps should be provided for indicating the locations of mines. These maps are needed not only to ensure the security of the patrolling routes for the OSCE mission observers, but also to prevent civilian casualties, he added.
Sajdik also said the prerequisites for a massive exchange of prisoners of war thanks to the verification mechanism which was successfully launched on April 28, but with its implementation there are still some issues to be worked out. He expressed the hope that all the issues concerning the verification mechanism will be addressed before the next meeting with reporters.
The next meeting of the Contact Group is scheduled on May 24.