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GRF MemberAmbassador Ertuğrul ApakanHeads OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine

GRF Member Ambassador Ertuğrul Apakan has been appointed as Chief Monitor of the OSCE (Organization for Security and Cooperation of Europe) Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine. Mr. Mark Etherington (UK) and Mr. Alexander Hug (Switzerland) have been appointed as Deputy Chief Monitors of the Special Monitoring Mission.


Upon his announcement, OSCE Chairperson-in-Office and Swiss Foreign Minister Didier Burkhalter underlined that Ambassador Apakan and his aides bring a wealth of experience and regional expertise to the Special Monitoring Mission and under their leadership, the Mission will contribute to fostering peace, stability and security and to reducing tensions on the ground in Ukraine.


Ambassador Ertuğrul Apakan served as Undersecretary of the Foreign Ministry between 2006-2009. He was also the Permanent Representative of Turkey to the United Nations between 2009-2012 and had played a leading role in preventive diplomacy, reconciliation and peace initiatives during his tenure. Ambassador Apakan has also been leading GRF’s Turkey-Russia Track-II initiative with RIAC (Russian International Affairs Council). 

On March 21, 2014, the Permanent Council of the OSCE has reached a consensus to deploy an OSCE Special Monitoring Mission of international observers to Ukraine for initally six months to monitor the situation in the country. As of April 2, 2014, the total number of staff in the Special Monitoring Mission, which in a first phase will consist of 100 and may expand up to 500 monitors, has risen to 63, including Turkish observers.