Europe in the World

The Special Monitoring Mission in Ukraine: a useful but flawed OSCE tool

23 April 2015
Joseph D'Urso (Journalist who has contributed to Al Jazeera, Reuters and the Huffington Post) and Dennis Sammut (Member of the EPC's Strategic Council; Director, LINKS)



The OSCE’s Special Monitoring Mission in Ukraine functions as the eyes and ears of the international community in Eastern Ukraine; it monitors, impartially, the ongoing conflict between Ukraine and Russia and observes whether or not both parties comply with the Minsk II Agreement. The success, or failure, of this Mission will not only be of crucial importance for the situation in Eastern Ukraine, but will also determine the OSCE’s entire future and ability to operate in conflict regions. Although the SMM is a flawed tool, Dennis Sammut and Joseph D’Urso argue that its deployment and the subsequent reinvigoration of OSCE is the perfect opportunity for the EU to rethink its relation to and position in the organisation, and to assume a bigger and more decisive role.

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