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11 April 2018, 16:55

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Deinego: ICRC is not a financial institution to pay pensions

LUGANSK, April 11 (Lugansk Media Centre) – The ICRC is not a financial institution and can hardly handle pension issues in Donbass, said LPR acting Foreign Minister representing the Republic at Minsk talks Vladislav Deinego.

Earlier the head of the "Donetsk region" Pavel Zhebrivskiy said that if the ICRC assumes obligations to pay pensions to Donbass residents, Ukrainian government "wouldn't mind".

"As for Zhebrivskiy's words, I think these are his personal ideas, or something Kiev's representatives discuss among themselves, as such option has never been brought forward at the Minks talks."

"The ICRC is not an organization to engage in internal dialog. It is not a financial institution which can assume it. If they are tasked with it and register as a financial institution… there is a technical solution. But there is no understanding of how the Red Cross has something to do with the situation."

"It would be great if the Ukrainian side finds a body which can perform bank's functions, payment card, or another mechanism to deliver funds to our territory. But the ICRC performs different functions and tasks," Deinego said.

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, including Kiev resuming social payments to Donbass residents. 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.

LuganskMediaCentre — 11 April — Lugansk