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East Ukraine tension mirrors mistrust of Kiev leaders, OSCE head says

Tension in eastern Ukraine stems from protesters' mistrust in the Kiev authorities, the secretary general of the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), Lamberto Zannier told ITAR-TASS.

He said street protests should give way to a political process, while all international mediators should contribute to it.

"We need more dialogue, we need all inclusive process in Ukraine, parts of the Ukrainian society that are still contesting the government, it is important that this government to reach it out. There is more debate, debate about constitution; debate about political process including directions, upcoming presidential elections must be unified process.The political dialogue must come from the streets to the round table," Lamberto Zannier said.

People believed there was no inclusive dialogue on the part of the new government, Zannier said.

"The situation (Donetsk manifestation) came from the lack of comfort in a way of people, there is no inclusiveness in the new policies of the new government, that is why this dialogue is essential. From my side we can contribute this engagement, but we need the Ukrainians and we need government actively present there," he added.

He urged Ukrainian authorities to participate in it more actively, pledging support for this activity. He also noted that the country's leadership had previously stated readiness to launch extensive discussion on constitutional reform.

"it is important to find ways to debate for the future constitution and it's directions," the secretary general of the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe noted.

[Source: Itar Tass, Vienna, 24Apr14]

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