My office works online due to border closure, says Andrzej Kasprzyk

  17 June 2020    Read: 1040
 My office works online due to border closure, says Andrzej Kasprzyk

On March 18, I announced the temporary suspension of monitoring activities of my office following the consultations with the OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chairs and the sides, said Personal Representative of the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office Andrzej Kasprzyk. 

The decision was made in accordance with the closure of international borders in the region and the introduction of movement restrictions for visitors to military units. In addition, the Office is strictly observing all of the measures introduced by the authorities without exception. 

"Although we suspended the monitoring activities and face-to-face meetings, my Office continues its work on online. We use video conferences and other technical means to keep the OSCE Minsk Group Co-chairs and its member states updated about the situation. We plan to continue our activities in this format until the situation changes. Meanwhile, the Office is also using the time to strengthen internal processes", Kasprzyk added.

"At the moment, I am not allowed to pay visits to the locations covered by my mandate. However, I maintain constant telephone contact with the authorities at the highest military and civilian levels. I also participate in telephone conferences convened regularly by the Minsk Group Co-Chairs. I can say that in spite of these constraints, I have continued to be busy these past few months", he noted.

Andrzej Kasprzyk also touched on the expansion of the office mentioning the summits in Vienna and St Petersburg in 2016:"An idea of expanding my Office was accepted in principle. The modalities related to this expansion still need to be agreed upon". 

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