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28 March 2019, 19:05

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Donbass ceasefire control proposals include OSCE recommendations - Deinego

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LUGANSK, March 28 (Lugansk Media Centre) – The Donbass Republics’ ceasefire control proposals include recommendations by OSCE Special Monitoring Mission representatives, Lugansk People’s Republic Foreign Minister, LPR envoy to the Minsk talks Vladislav Deinego said at a press briefing at the Lugansk Media Centre.

“We are well aware, and have the OSCE support on it that we’ll be unable to remain committed to ceasefire without taking extra measures. Each subsequent truce is shorter than the previous one, less effective, etc,” Deinego said. “We have to make sure that the parties fulfil their obligations within the declared ceasefire. We insist on taking measures to secure the ceasefire regime.”

“We prepared these proposals and yesterday, we passed them to the security subgroup participants for consideration.

“Our proposals are based on the recommendations voiced by (former OSCE SMM Principal Deputy Chief Monitor Mr Alexander) Hug some 18 months ago and the recommendations by (coordinator for OSCE of the Contact Group working group on security Ertugrul Apakan) who had brought forward his vision of the ceasefire control measures,” the diplomat said.

“It is a range of sensible steps which could stabilise the situation and enable the parties to effectively organise ceasefire control and show the measures to be applied to ceasefire violators,” he added.

The members of the Contact Group have announced ceasefire more than 20 times since the autumn of 2014. Kiev forces regularly violated the truce opening fire with large calibre artillery, mortars and tank guns which were to have been withdrawn in accordance with the Minsk agreements.

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 Resolution 2202 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 — 28 March — Lugansk