OSCE chair calls for Ukraine ceasefire for May 25 election

6th May 2014, Comments 0 comments

The chairman of the OSCE said Tuesday ahead of a visit to Moscow that there needs to be a ceasefire in Ukraine ahead of planned presidential elections on May 25.

"We need a ceasefire for the election," Didier Burkhalter, Swiss president and current chairman of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe, said at Vienna airport.

Burkhalter, due in Moscow on Wednesday and who is also Swiss foreign minister, said that holding the election, which Russia has called "absurd", was very difficult in the current situation.

He also said that the international community needed a "follow-up to Geneva", referring to the international peace deal struck in the Swiss city on April 17 which has since unravelled.

Burkhalter was speaking in Vienna following a meeting of the Council of Europe that also involved Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and his Ukranian counterpart Andriy Deshchytsia.

Lavrov earlier said a second Geneva peace conference would achieve little as long as the agreement from the first Geneva talks has not been implemented, and while separatists are excluded from the process.


© 2014 AFP

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