United Nations General Assembly observers http://www.globalpost.com/taxonomy/term/29247/all en Talks expected in May over Moldova breakaway region http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/140415/talks-expected-may-over-moldova-breakaway-region <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>A new round of talks over Moldova's simmering dispute with pro-Russian breakaway region of Transdniestr at the border with Ukraine, is expected to take place in May, an OSCE official told AFP.</p> <p>"We are very much expecting for the next round to take place in May", Jennifer Brush, the head of mission of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) in Moldova said.</p> <p>The seven parties involved "are all interested in having these talks continue" though the current tensions in Ukraine bring an amount of uncertainty, Brush said.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2014.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/140415/talks-expected-may-over-moldova-breakaway-region" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Europe Landlocked countries United Nations General Assembly observers AFP Tue, 15 Apr 2014 11:49:00 +0000 Agence France-Presse 6121798 at http://www.globalpost.com OSCE observer mission heads to Ukraine's tense east http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/140325/osce-observer-mission-heads-ukraines-tense-east <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Pan-European security watchdog, the OSCE, on Tuesday sent observers to Ukraine's tinderbox eastern and southern regions, excluding Crimea, after Russia's annexation of the Black Sea peninsula.</p> <p>The four teams of two observers were the first from an advance mission of 40 members of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) to head out into the field in the ex-Soviet state.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2014.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/140325/osce-observer-mission-heads-ukraines-tense-east" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Europe Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe Politics United Nations General Assembly observers AFP Tue, 25 Mar 2014 18:50:19 +0000 Agence France-Presse 6104419 at http://www.globalpost.com Russia backs OSCE monitors in Ukraine, excluding Crimea http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/140322/russia-backs-osce-monitors-ukraine-excluding-crimea <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Russia on Saturday expressed hopes for the success of the OSCE monitoring mission in Ukraine, while stressing the observers were excluded from Crimea after its takeover by Moscow.</p> <p>"The Russian side hopes that objective and unbiased work by international observers will help overcome the crisis inside Ukraine," the Russian foreign ministry said in a statement.</p> <p>But it said the "mission's mandate reflects the new political and legal realities and does not extend to Crimea and Sevastopol, which have become part of Russia."</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2014.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/140322/russia-backs-osce-monitors-ukraine-excluding-crimea" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Crimea Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe United Nations General Assembly observers AFP Sat, 22 Mar 2014 12:43:44 +0000 Agence France-Presse 6102121 at http://www.globalpost.com OSCE to send observers to Ukraine, Russia says no Crimea mandate http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/140321/osce-extraordinary-meeting-decide-monitors-ukraine <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>By Fredrik Dahl and Derek Brooks</p> <p>VIENNA (Reuters) - Russia joined the 56 other members of the OSCE on Friday in a hard-fought consensus decision to send a six-month monitoring mission of the pan-European rights and security group to help defuse the crisis in Ukraine.</p> <p>But the United States and Russia gave different interpretations of whether the mission - to initially consist of 100 civilian monitors and whose deployment will begin this weekend - will be able to go to Crimea, after the Black Sea peninsula was annexed by Russia.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://thomsonreuters.com" class="button wire reuters"></a></p> <p><span>Copyright Thomson Reuters, 2014.</span></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/140321/osce-extraordinary-meeting-decide-monitors-ukraine" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Europe Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe Politics Social Issues United Nations General Assembly observers Thomson Reuters Fri, 21 Mar 2014 18:49:54 +0000 Thomson Reuters 6101720 at http://www.globalpost.com OSCE to send monitors to Ukraine, but not Crimea http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/140322/osce-send-monitors-ukraine-not-crimea <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>OSCE member states agreed Friday to send to Ukraine a monitoring mission initially numbering 100 people after Russia dropped objections, but they will not have access to Crimea.</p> <p>The Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe will "deploy a special monitoring mission of international observers to Ukraine", a resolution passed by the OSCE's 57 member states said.</p> <p>The mission will initially be of 100 observers and "as necessary and according to the situation ... may expand by a total of up to 400 additional members", it said.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2014.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/140322/osce-send-monitors-ukraine-not-crimea" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Commonwealth of Independent States Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe Social Issues United Nations General Assembly observers AFP Sat, 22 Mar 2014 11:32:11 +0000 Agence France-Presse 6102008 at http://www.globalpost.com OSCE to send monitoring mission to Ukraine http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/140321/osce-send-monitoring-mission-ukraine-0 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>OSCE member states agreed Friday to send a monitoring mission to Ukraine, initially numbering 100 people, after Russia finally dropped objections, a spokeswoman said.</p> <p>The Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe will "deploy a special monitoring mission of international observers to Ukraine", a resolution passed by the OSCE's 57 member states said.</p> <p>cs/stu/boc</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2014.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe Social Issues United Nations General Assembly observers AFP Fri, 21 Mar 2014 21:34:07 +0000 Agence France-Presse 6101862 at http://www.globalpost.com OSCE to send monitoring mission to Ukraine http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/140321/osce-send-monitoring-mission-ukraine <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>OSCE member states agreed Friday to send a 100-strong monitoring mission to Ukraine, but not to Crimea, after Russia finally dropped objections, a spokeswoman said.</p> <p>The Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe will "deploy a special monitoring mission of international observers to Ukraine", a resolution passed by the OSCE's 57 member states said.</p> <p>The mission will initially be of 100 observers and "as necessary and according to the situation ... may expand by a total of up to 400 additional members", it said.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2014.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/140321/osce-send-monitoring-mission-ukraine" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe Social Issues United Nations General Assembly observers AFP Fri, 21 Mar 2014 20:17:49 +0000 Agence France-Presse 6101779 at http://www.globalpost.com Russia says close to agreement on OSCE monitors for Ukraine http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/140321/russia-says-close-agreement-osce-monitors-ukraine <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Friday that members of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe were close to a deal to send observers from the security and democracy body to Ukraine.</p> <p>"We have already practically agreed a draft decision" on an observer mission, Lavrov told President Vladimir Putin in televised remarks, adding that observers would be sent to western and central regions in addition to the largely Russian-speaking east and southeast.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://thomsonreuters.com" class="button wire reuters"></a></p> <p><span>Copyright Thomson Reuters, 2014.</span></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/140321/russia-says-close-agreement-osce-monitors-ukraine" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Government of Russia Politics of Russia United Nations General Assembly observers Thomson Reuters Fri, 21 Mar 2014 12:53:50 +0000 Thomson Reuters 6101188 at http://www.globalpost.com Russia undermining OSCE by blocking monitors: Ukraine FM http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/140320/russia-undermining-osce-blocking-monitors-ukraine-fm-0 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Russia is undermining the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe by blocking a monitoring mission to Ukraine, Kiev's acting foreign minister said on Thursday, calling this a "defining moment" for the body.</p> <p>"These Russian actions have all the signs of a deliberate tactic to undermine at all costs the efforts of the OSCE community to send independent civilian monitors to Ukraine to make an objective assessment of the situation on the ground," Andriy Deshchytsya said in Vienna.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2014.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/140320/russia-undermining-osce-blocking-monitors-ukraine-fm-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe Social Issues United Nations General Assembly observers AFP Fri, 21 Mar 2014 03:33:25 +0000 Agence France-Presse 6100985 at http://www.globalpost.com Russia undermining OSCE by blocking monitors: Ukraine FM http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/140320/russia-undermining-osce-blocking-monitors-ukraine-fm <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Russia is undermining the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe by blocking a monitoring mission to Ukraine, Kiev's acting foreign minister said on Thursday, calling this a "defining moment" for the body.</p> <p>"These Russian actions have all the signs of a deliberate tactic to undermine at all costs the efforts of the OSCE community to send independent civilian monitors to Ukraine to make an objective assessment of the situation on the ground," Andriy Deshchytsya said in Vienna.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2014.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/140320/russia-undermining-osce-blocking-monitors-ukraine-fm" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe Social Issues United Nations General Assembly observers AFP Thu, 20 Mar 2014 17:18:03 +0000 Agence France-Presse 6100510 at http://www.globalpost.com US slams Russian blocking of OSCE mission to Ukraine http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/140320/us-slams-russian-blocking-osce-mission-ukraine <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>The United States Thursday called it "deeply disappointing" that Russia blocked for the third time this week the sending of a full OSCE observer mission to Ukraine.</p> <p>US ambassador Daniel Baer said in a speech to the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe late Wednesday, released Thursday, that there was "again, only one objection in the room".</p> <p>He said this was "deeply disappointing, particularly given the Russian Federation's continuing statements ... that they support and see the urgency of getting monitors on the ground", he said.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2014.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/140320/us-slams-russian-blocking-osce-mission-ukraine" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe Social Issues United Nations General Assembly observers AFP Thu, 20 Mar 2014 13:26:07 +0000 Agence France-Presse 6099988 at http://www.globalpost.com Ukraine to withdraw from Russian-led CIS: security chief http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/140319/ukraine-withdraw-russian-led-cis-security-chief <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Ukraine's security chief said on Wednesday that Kiev had decided to withdraw from the Moscow-led Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) alliance that replaced the Soviet Union.</p> <p>"A decision was taken... to begin the process of withdrawing from the CIS," Ukraine's National Security and Defence Council chief Andriy Parubiy told a televised press conference.</p> <p>zak/mfp</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2014.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> Commonwealth of Independent States Commonwealth of Independent States Europe United Nations General Assembly observers AFP Wed, 19 Mar 2014 18:08:32 +0000 Agence France-Presse 6099555 at http://www.globalpost.com OSCE mission to Ukraine must be agreed in 24 hours: German foreign minister http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/140319/osce-mission-ukraine-must-be-agreed-24-hours-german-foreign-min <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>BERLIN (Reuters) - German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said on Wednesday he had told his Russian counterpart that a mandate for a mission by Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) observers to Ukraine must be agreed within 24 hours.</p> <p>Steinmeier told reporters he had spoken to Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and the Chairman of the OSCE and that they had overcome differences on the number of staff to be sent but still had to agree on the regions to be visited.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://thomsonreuters.com" class="button wire reuters"></a></p> <p><span>Copyright Thomson Reuters, 2014.</span></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/140319/osce-mission-ukraine-must-be-agreed-24-hours-german-foreign-min" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Frank-Walter Steinmeier Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe United Nations General Assembly observers Thomson Reuters Wed, 19 Mar 2014 11:58:02 +0000 Thomson Reuters 6099231 at http://www.globalpost.com Palestinians seek investors to drill for oil in West Bank, but project remains in question http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/the-canadian-press/140318/palestinians-seek-investors-drill-oil-west-bank-project-rema <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Canadian Press </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>The Palestinian Authority has announced plans to explore for oil in the West Bank, throwing a new element of uncertainty into troubled U.S.-backed peace efforts.</p> <p>Mohammed Mustafa, deputy prime minister for economic affairs, said Tuesday the Palestinians were seeking proposals from international firms to help explore and develop oil in the northern West Bank. However, there was no word on whether Israel has agreed to the plan.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#cp">Copyright 2014 Canadian Press.</a></p> <p>All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/the-canadian-press/140318/palestinians-seek-investors-drill-oil-west-bank-project-rema" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia Politics United Nations General Assembly observers Western Asia The Canadian Press Tue, 18 Mar 2014 19:21:41 +0000 The Canadian Press 6098755 at http://www.globalpost.com UK suspends military cooperation with Russia http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/140318/uk-suspends-military-cooperation-russia <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Britain will suspend all bilateral military cooperation with Russia after it signed a treaty making Crimea a Russian territory, Foreign Secretary William Hague said on Tuesday.</p> <p>"We have suspended all such cooperation," Hague told parliament, saying a technical cooperation agreement and joint naval exercises with Russia, France, Britain and the United States had been put on hold.</p> <p>ar-gj/mfp</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2014.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> United Nations General Assembly observers War AFP Tue, 18 Mar 2014 14:23:02 +0000 Agence France-Presse 6098453 at http://www.globalpost.com