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Miroslav Lajčák spoke with Pavlo Klimkin, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, to discuss the upcoming presidential elections in Ukraine

Miroslav Lajčák spoke with Pavlo Klimkin, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, to discuss the upcoming presidential elections in Ukraine

8.2.2019 | Aktivity ministra |

Today (8 February 2019), Miroslav Lajčák, Slovak Minister of Foreign and European Affairs, and Chairperson-in-Office of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), called Pavlo Klimkin, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, to discuss the upcoming 31 March 2019 presidential elections in Ukraine. Among the various issues addressed by the ministers was the support of OSCE’s Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) in observing these elections, which was provided in response to an official invitation from Ukraine.

 

Reiterating  Slovak Chair`s staunch and steadfast support for Ukraine, the Minister expressed his deep regret about the 7 February passing of a law in the Vrkhovna Rada that would deny accreditation to those observers within the ODIHR Election Observation Mission to Ukraine who hold passports from the Russian Federation.

 

“The independence, impartiality and professionalism of ODIHR’s election observation is crucial,” Mr. Lajčák said, adding, “I am convinced that ODIHR’s request for accreditation of all its observers is in the best interest of both the OSCE, and Ukraine and its people”.

 

Mr. Lajčák therefore called upon the Ukrainian authorities to continue to explore all possible avenues for a solution that would allow all ODIHR observers to become accredited for these elections.