12 April 2017, 16:53


Contact Group to discuss Sajdik's propositions on guidelines at its next meeting

Members of the Contact Group will discuss suggestions of the coordinator from the OSCE Martin Sajdik on operational guidelines at its next meeting, said LPR envoy to Minsk negotiations Vladislav Deinego.

"Sajdik presented generalized propositions on the guidelines. The discussion is expected to take place at the next meeting," Deinego said.

"The sides took time to study the propositions and prepare remarks and further suggestions."

The next meeting of the Contact Group is scheduled for April 26.

LPR and DPR maintain that the work of the Contact Group has been hampered by the absence of adopted procedures, which are supposed to set operational guidelines for the Contact Group and its working groups.

Today the coordinators informally define the procedures. However, clear norms for recording (protocolling) the meetings and documenting the decisions adopted and liabilities for refusal to implement them are needed.

The issue of adopting operational guidelines has been offered for consideration of the Contact Group, the issue remains unsettled.

The Package of Measures for the Implementation of the Minsk Agreements was adopted by the Contact Group on Ukraine on February 12, 2015 and supported by member states of the Normandy Four (Germany, Russia, Ukraine and France). The UN Security Council approved the document by its 2202 Resolution and called upon all the sides to ensure full implementation of the Package of Measures.

The document provides for comprehensive ceasefire, withdrawal of all heavy weapons from the contact line, starting a dialog on reconstruction of social and economic ties between Kiev and Donbass. It also envisages carrying out constitutional reform in Ukraine providing for decentralization and adopting permanent legislation on a special status of certain areas of the Donetsk and Lugansk regions.

To facilitate the work of the Contact Group, four working groups were set up under its aegis to deal with issues of security, politics, return of internally displaced people and refuges, as well as with social, humanitarian, economic and rehabilitation issues.

LuganskMediaCentre — 12 April — Lugansk