19 January 2021, 13:32


Kiev outcry against LPR, DPR experts hinders political group’s work - LPR Foreign Ministry

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LUGANSK, January 19 (Lugansk Media Centre) - The stormy reaction of Ukrainian representatives in the Contact Group working group on political issues towards the participation of public experts from the Lugansk and Donetsk People’s Republics in the session interferes with the discussion of political settlement issues, the LPR Foreign Ministry said.

“Public experts from the LPR and the DPR are taking part in the political subgroup’s session. In this connection, Ukraine initiated a heated debate which is preventing a discussion of political settlement issues,” the Ministry said.

Given a 20-minute technical delay in the beginning of the session, “more than an hour was spent on the pointless discussion initiated by Ukraine,” it added.

“Thanks to the coordinator’s titanic efforts and patience, the group has managed to proceed to work on the agenda items,” the LPR Foreign Ministry said.

The Ukrainian government launched the so-called anti-terrorist operation against Donbass in April 2014. Conflict settlement relies on the Package of Measures for the Implementation of the Minsk Agreements, signed on February 12, 2015 in the Belarussian capital by the Contact Group members and coordinated by the Normandy Four heads of states (Russia, Germany, France and Ukraine). The UN Security Council approved the document by Resolution No 2202 of February 17, 2015 and called upon the parties to ensure its implementation.

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 — 19 January — Lugansk