27 June 2018, 15:42



Kiev refused to harmonize OSCE-proposed declaration banning tortures

LUGANSK, June 27 (Lugansk Media Centre) – Kiev refused to harmonize the OSCE-proposed draft declaration on prohibition of tortures during today's meeting od the humanitarian subgroup in Minsk, said LPR's negotiator at the Contact Group humanitarian subgroup Olga Kobtseva.

"The declaration tabled by the coordinator from the OSCE Toni Frisch, banning tortures and violence has not been harmonized."

According to Kobtseva, Kiev has again groundlessly insisted on mentioning Russia in the document which is not a part to the conflict.

"Ukrainian representatives insist the document should mention Russia, this is absurd, as Russia is not a part of the conflict," she said.

After the humanitarian subgroup in Minsk on June, 13, Kobtseva said, that the LPR and the DPR confirmed their willingness to sign the declaration, but "Ukraine voiced no such intention, as the experts present at the meeting were not authorized to take any decisions."

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 — 27 June — Lugansk