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OSCE to send monitors to Ukraine, but not Crimea

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. 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. 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.

U.S.'s Rice: skeptical about Russia assurances on troop movement

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - White House national security adviser Susan Rice said on Friday the United States is skeptical of Russian assurances that troop movements on the Ukraine border are no more than military exercises. "We have indeed been taking note of developments along Ukraine's border, including the Russian border," Rice told reporters.

Ukraine to withdraw from Russian-led CIS: security chief

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. "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. zak/mfp

Russian troops move potentially grave threat to Ukraine sovereignty

British Foreign Secretary William Hague on Saturday condemned the decision by the Russian parliament to authorise military action in Ukraine, and said he had summoned the Russian ambassador to register his concerns. "This action is a potentially grave threat to the sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity of Ukraine. We condemn any act of aggression against Ukraine," Hague said in a statement issued by his office. ar/mfp

Commentary: SCO safeguards regional stability, development

by Chen Zhiliang TASHKENT, Nov. 29 (Xinhua) -- Since its establishment in 2001, the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) has prioritized security cooperation, and has proven effective in safeguarding regional stability and development over the past 12 years. On Friday, the 12th prime ministers' meeting of SCO member states was held in the Uzbek capital of Tashkent. Observers believe the conference will help lay a more solid foundation for the protection of regional stability.

CIS Foreign Ministers Council discusses documents aimed to boost cooperation

The CIS Foreign Ministers Council held on April 5 in Tashkent discussed a broad range of integration cooperation, considered draft documents aimed to boost humanitarian and security cooperation.The Foreign Ministers discussed implementation of the plan of multi-level ministerial consultations and approved the plan of consultations between the Foreign Ministries for 2013.

CIS countries to declare 2014 as Year of Tourism

The CIS countries will declare 2014 as Year of Tourism in the region.

First Deputy Foreign Minister of Tajikistan to attend CIS Foreign Ministers Council in Tashkent

First Deputy Foreign Minister Mahmuzhon Sobirov will lead the delegation of Tajikistan at the session of the CIS Foreign Ministers Council on April 5 in Tashkent, the Foreign Ministry of Tajikistan announced.The CIS Foreign Ministers Council will discuss 10 draft documents aimed to deepen cooperation in humanitarian sphere, security and other areas among the CIS countries.The drafts of the respective documents approved by the Foreign Ministers Council will be submitted for consideration of the councils of the heads of state and government of the CIS countries.
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