6 October 2016, 14:25
Deinego: Contact Group hopes to adopt at the next meeting regulations guiding its work
The Contact Group for peaceful solution of Donbass crisis hopes for adopting at the next meeting regulations guiding its work, said LPR envoy to Minsk Vladislav Deinego.
"The issue of regulations was brought up at the meeting of the Contact Group. There is a hope that by the next meeting sides hold consultations and the regulations will be considered and adopted," he said.
"The work of the working group on economic issues was blocked by the Ukrainian side, but not to shy away from the issues discussed normally within the subgroup it was decided to put them before the Contact Group members with the involvement of the subgroup's coordinator," Deinego added speaking about economic issues.
"The mutual understanding was gained of the majority of the matters under discussion, and this gives us a ground to hope the water supply of LPR territory will be restored to normal levels. A positive tone was taken in discussions of other matters, but to move further the work of the subgroup should be unblocked," Deinego explained.
"The working group for political issues has not succeeded in building a constructive dialog on the agenda, because the representative of the Ukraine can not define Kiev's position. For instance, they raised doubts about 'Steimeier's formula'," LPR envoy said.
"The subgroup for security issues focused on analysis of the implementation of the Framework Agreement on Disengagement of Forces and Hardware. All the participants confirmed a positive result of the disengagement in Zolotoye area. All the participants, except for Ukrainian side, expressed a total bewilderment about the situation in other two areas - Stanitsa Luganskaya and Petrovskoye. Consensus was not reached, the discussion of security issues continued at the Contact Group meeting," Deinego told Lugansk Media Center.
Kiev has not yet confirmed its readiness to pull back forces in Stanitsa Luganskaya area and in Pertovskoye area (DPR). Deinego reiterated Republics’ willingness "to carry out Addendum 1 of the Framework Agreement dated September 21 as soon as Ukrainian side officially states its preparedness."
Earlier LPR reported that People's Militia had finalized preparations for the disengagement and was waiting for the Ukrainian side to "fulfill assumed responsibilities and obligations in its turn." LPR reminded that the forces are to be withdrawn "simultaneously and symmetrically."
LPR and DPR representatives at a meeting in Minsk on September, 21 initialed a framework agreement on partial pullback of forces in Donbass, that was also signed by representatives of Ukraine, Russia and OSCE. The document provides for three disengagement areas around Zolotoye, Stanitsa Lugaskaya and Petrovskoe (DPR territory). Heads of LPR and DPR Igor Plotnitskiy and Aleksandr Zakharchenko signed the agreement on September 22 and 23, respectively.
"After a long and ardent discussion the representatives of LPR and DPR have expressed their views on the implementation of the Framework Agreement and stated that Ukraine disrupted the disengagement in two areas. We insisted on fulfilling obligations under the decision dated 21 Sep. Kiev reps tried to review the time-limits set, but the only criterion for the decision on the disengagement is OSCE verification, and according to their verification there are no reasons to review the timescales," Deinego said.
He told Lugansk Media Center that the working group on humanitarian issues discussed the swap based on "618 for 47" principle. Ukraine proposed to review the lists. The coordinator of the subgroup expressed hope that the swap might be regarded as a step to implementation of the "all for all" principle even if the final figure will be different from 618.
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.
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