15:24 12.05.2014

German Wolfgang Ischinger appointed OSCE negotiator on Ukraine

The OSCE has decided to appoint German diplomat Wolfgang Ischinger as its negotiator on maintaining the dialogue in Ukraine, representatives of the organization in Switzerland announced on Monday.

"The Ukrainian government has accepted our proposal to nominate Ambassador Wolfgang Ischinger as OSCE co-moderator for these round tables," OSCE Chairperson-in-Office Didier Burkhalter said.

Ischinger, 68, is a recognized expert in international relations, French newspaper Le Figaro reported. In particular, at different times he served as Germany's ambassador to the United States and Britain, and since 2009 he has worked as head of the annual Munich Security Conference.

Furthermore, Burkhalter presented at a meeting of the EU foreign ministers a roadmap on the settlement of the Ukrainian conflict.

"We have reached a pivotal moment in this crisis, both for Ukraine and for Europe. There is an urgent need to move from the logic of escalation to the logic of cooperation – and to do so now," he said.

Burkhalter also said that "referendums" held in Ukraine on May 11 were "incompatible with the Ukrainian constitution and therefore illegal."

"It is the sort of provocative act that must be avoided," he added.

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