Students of the Faculty of International Relations of Ivan Franko National University of Lviv had a meeting with the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) in Ukraine on September 11, 2017.
The Chairman of the OSCE SMM in Ukraine, Ambassador Ertuğrul Apakan spoke about the purpose of the Mission and the challenges faced by international experts during the military operations in the east of our country. In particular, he noted that the task of a Special Mission is to monitor the security situation throughout Ukraine. Established in 2014, the Mission does not draw conclusions, and prepares factual material on the situation in different regions of Ukraine.
The Ambassador emphasized that the representatives of the Special Monitoring Mission communicate with all social groups, since one of the principles of their work is to hear people living on different sides of the military conflict.
“We are trying to be good listeners and hear all those who have suffered from hostilities or is related to the security situation in Ukraine”, said Ertuğrul Apakan.
Also, the Chairman of the OSCE SMM in Ukraine stressed that University students are among those who represent Ukrainian public opinion, and therefore communication with the youth is also of great importance for international experts.
Answering questions from students, the Chairman of a Special Mission emphasized that in order for the peace to reign citizens should take care of security, conduct constant dialogue with each other, treat with understanding and trust each other.