4 September 2019, 17:18
Kiev fails to work out detainee legal clearance mechanism - Kobtseva
LUGANSK, September 4 (Lugansk Media Centre) - Ukraine has not worked out a legal clearance mechanism for the persons due to be exchanged with the Donbass Republics, Lugansk People’s Republic representative to the Contact Group humanitarian subgroup, head of the Republic’s working group on prisoner exchange Olga Kobtseva said after a meeting in Minsk.
“As the humanitarian subgroup meeting showed, Ukraine had not worked out a legal clearance mechanism, but promised to present its proposals at the next session,” Kobtseva said.
“We again confirmed our readiness for prisoner exchange,” she said adding that the LPR, for its part, had completed the procedure for the persons it would exchange with Ukraine.
The Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) played a key role in delaying the process. The LPR and the DPR had proposed in Minsk to exchange the detainees under the the “all verified for all verified” formula within the shortest possible time. The Donbass Republics insisted on giving the parties some time to complete “legal clearance.” The LPR and the DPR are ready to do it within a month, while Ukraine requested about six weeks, Kobtseva said earlier.
Prisoner exchange is a key point of 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 — 04 September — Lugansk