Interpretative Statement on the Extension of the Project Coordinator in Ukraine
As delivered by Political Officer Gareth Vaughan
to the Permanent Council, Vienna
June 29, 2021
Thank you, Madam Chair.
In connection with the adoption of the Decision for the Extension of the Mandate of the OSCE Project Coordinator in Ukraine, the United States joins the other speakers here today in making the following interpretative statement under paragraph IV.1(A)6 of the OSCE Rules of Procedure:
The United States notes that Crimea remains an integral and internationally recognized part of Ukraine, despite Russia’s occupation and attempted annexation. The mandate of the Project Coordinator in Ukraine applies to the entire country of Ukraine, including Crimea.
I request that this interpretative statement be attached to the decision and to the Journal of the Day.
Thank you, Madam Chair