OSCE likely to stir up Ukraine unrest
‘OSCE likely to stir up Ukraine unrest’
Tue, 22 Apr 2014 15:36:27 GMT
The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE)’s delegation to Kiev is likely to stoke tensions in Ukraine, an analyst tells Press TV in an interview.
William Beeman’s remarks come as the OSCE has sent a mission to eastern Ukraine to meet with leaders of pro-Russian protesters in Donetsk.
“My fear is that the OSCE is likely to actually cause more violence and inflame the situation even worse,” he said.
The analyst said the ongoing crisis in Ukraine would not be resolved without cooperation on the part of Russia.
“If we had, for instance, the OSCE operating in conjunction with representatives from the Russian government that might have some effect, but the OSCE operating unilaterally is not going to work very well,” said Beeman.
The analyst said the Ukrainian coup government must let people “express their own desires.”
“The people in western Ukraine don’t seem to be willing to mount any kind of a military defense or anything that would actually prohibit the eastern Ukrainians from moving closer and closer toward Russia,” Beeman said.
The West and Russia remain divided over eastern Ukraine where pro-Russian protesters keep occupying key government buildings.
The demonstrators have refused to recognize the recent accord, renewing their calls for a referendum.
Tensions between the Western powers and Moscow heightened after Crimea declared independence from Ukraine and formally applied to become part of the Russian Federation following a referendum on March 16.
On April 17, Kiev’s interim government together with the United States, Russia and the European Union reached an agreement in Geneva, calling for all sides to “de-escalate” the ongoing crisis in eastern Ukraine, where anti-Kiev protesters have seized buildings in several towns and cities.