5 October 2017, 20:15
Deinego notes economic subgroup’s efficient work on agenda
LUGANSK, October 5 (Lugansk Media Centre) - The meeting of the Contact Group working group on economic issues in Minsk on 4 October was “efficient as could be,” LPR envoy to Minsk talks, acting LPR Foreign Minister Vladislav Deinego told a news briefing at Lugansk Media Centre.
“The group on economic issues handled the agenda quite successfully (in Minsk on 4 October),” Deinego said. “They put in very efficient work on a range of fields.”
“First of all, these are payments for the water supplied from Kiev-controlled territory and economic interaction issues,” he said.
“Environmental safety was among the key issues considered by the economic subgroup,” Deinego said.
It is primarily the quality of water we get from the other (Ukrainian) side; the quality directly depends on the ecological situation in the territory where this water is pumped; we get water from northern (Kiev-held) areas of Lugansk Region,” the diplomat said.
Earlier, he said that the Contact Group working group on economic issues worked with maximum efficiency in Minsk on 20 September and that it was “making up for the lost time at an accelerated pace.”
The Package of Measures for the Implementation of the Minsk Agreements was adopted by the Contact Group on Ukraine on 12 February 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.
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