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Minister Sherlock announces funding to help stabilise Ukraine

MoS Sean Sherlock, Security, International relations, Funding, Press Releases, Europe, 2014

 

Minister for Development, Trade Promotion, and North South Co-operation, Seán Sherlock, TD, today announced additional funding of €200,000 for the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine.

 

Minister Sherlock pledged the additional funding at the OSCE Ministerial Council in Basel today.

The monitoring mission was established by the 57 OSCE participating States in March 2014 and has been the primary response of the international community to the crisis in Ukraine. It is designed to reduce tensions and foster peace, stability and security.

Speaking in Basel, Minister Sherlock said:

“The current situation in Ukraine is very fragile and a cause of great concern.

“From the outset, Ireland has consistently underlined the need for dialogue to bring this tragic conflict to an end.

“Ireland will continue to support Ukraine as it works towards a peaceful resolution of the conflict in the east and we will stand with the people of Ukraine as they seek to build a more secure, inclusive and democratic future.

“I am pleased to pledge a further contribution of €200,000 for the work of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission in Ukraine. This brings Ireland’s additional voluntary contribution to the Mission to €300,000 this year and is a concrete indication of the importance Ireland attaches to this vital work.

“I would also like to pay tribute to the monitors taking part in the Mission for their tireless work in difficult conditions, including the three Irish observers that are currently deployed.

“Ireland strongly supports the vital work that the OSCE is carrying out in Ukraine."

Minister Sherlock also met with the Secretary General of the OSCE, Lamberto Zannier, and the Foreign Ministers of Monaco and San Marino to discuss issues of mutual interest including trade and engagement with multilateral organisations.

 

ENDS

Press Office
4 December 2014

 

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