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    OSCE Welcomes Minsk Ceasefire Memorandum on Ukraine

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    OSCE Chairperson-in-Office and Swiss Foreign Minister Didier Burkhalter has welcomed the ceasefire implementation memorandum that was signed by the Contact Group on Ukraine in Minsk on Saturday, OSCE reported on its website.

    MOSCOW, September 20 (RIA Novosti) - OSCE Chairperson-in-Office and Swiss Foreign Minister Didier Burkhalter has welcomed the ceasefire implementation memorandum that was signed by the Contact Group on Ukraine in Minsk on Saturday, OSCE reported on its website.

    According to Burkhalter, the memorandum is a "significant step towards making the ceasefire sustainable and an important contribution in the efforts to peacefully settle the crisis in Eastern Ukraine."

    The OSCE chairperson called on "all sides to help consolidate the path of de-escalation" and expressed his belief that the memorandum would help "bring relief to the suffering populations in the affected areas".

    Early Saturday morning, the Contact Group on Ukraine, which comprises representatives from Russia, Ukraine, the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Luhansk People's republics and the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), drew up a memorandum of nine provisions that will regulate the implementation of a ceasefire agreement between Kiev and independence supporters in eastern Ukraine.

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