Sajdik, Apakan welcome recommitment to New Year truce in Donbas

Sajdik, Apakan welcome recommitment to New Year truce in Donbas

The Special Representative of the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office in Ukraine and to the Trilateral Contact Group, Martin Sajdik, and the Chief Monitor of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine (SMM), Ertugrul Apakan, have welcomed the sides' recommitment to the ceasefire on the occasion of the New Year and Christmas festivities, according to a report posted on the OSCE website.

"A meaningful, sustainable and long-lasting ceasefire requires that orders to cease fire are issued, discipline is maintained and the safe and secure access of the OSCE SMM throughout Ukraine is ensured in accordance with its mandate," Ambassador Sajdik said.

He added that the recommitment, which is due to come into effect at 00:01 on December 29, 2018, requires that the sides take concrete measures.

Ambassador Apakan, in turn, said that the recommitment was specifically made to minimize risk to the civilian population.

"This time of year is a time for hope and healing, when families come together and the gift of life is renewed and embraced. They want and deserve peace," he said.

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