6 September 2017, 16:33



Humanitarian subgroup stuck in talks over prisoners swap aspects

LUGANSK, September 6 (Lugansk Media Center) – The members of the Contact Group have reached positive tendencies in the discussion of prisoners swap, but still face difficulties coordination some aspects, said LPR representative in the Contact Group humanitarian subgroup Olga Kobtseva.

"The tumbling point is Ukraine's initiative to divide detainees into categories, though it doesn’t' comply with the Minsk Agreements."

"In the Ukrainian list of detainees held in LPR there are persons connected to terror acts in LPR. They are not subject to amnesty in accordance with international law."

"We are fully committed to the Minsk Agreements, but we cannot accept Ukraine's position and we will be forced to reject liberating terrorists," she concluded.

The exchange of captives between Donbass Republics and Ukraine is one of the key issues of Minsk Agreements.

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.

LuganskMediaCentre — 06 September — Lugansk