Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Donetsk People's Republic

STATEMENT BY NATALIA NIKONOROVA CONCERNING simplification OF THE PASS MODE FOR OSCE EMPLOYEES TO THE REPUBLICAN TERRITORY

09 July 2020
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At the Contact Group meeting on June 25, the Head of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission in Ukraine, Ambassador Yasar Halit Cevik, asked us to consider lifting the quarantine requirement when crossing the contact line, expressing agreement with the need for the mission staff to bring the test result with them.
We considered this request and, in connection with the softening of the high alert regime in the Republic, as well as on the basis of our full assistance to the OSCE SMM in fulfilling its functions in recording ceasefire violations and the consequences of Ukrainian shelling, we decided to simplify the procedure for allowing mission personnel to Republic’s territory. In particular, it was decided to abolish the requirement for these employees to quarantine when entering the Republic, but provided that the entrants show negative results of the coronavirus test, and also make a second test in 14 days.
In the near future, this decision and all necessary clarifications will be officially got across to the representatives of the OSCE SMM in the working order.