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6 July 2017, 17:16

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Kiev refuses to recognize ICRC, UN documents on prisoners - Deinego

LUGANSK, July 6 (Lugansk Media Center) – Ukrainian representatives at the Minsk talks refused to recognize the documents provided by the International Committee of the Red Cross and the UN Human Rights Monitoring Mission in Ukraine on the status and whereabouts of Kiev-held prisoners, said LPR envoy to Minsk talks Vladislav Deinego.

“Ukraine fully ignores a large part of our enquiries concerning persons we want to exchange,” Deinego told a news briefing at Lugansk Media Centre on Thursday. “They even refuse to acknowledge the fact that these people are held in Ukraine dismissing the information provided by international organizations such as ICRC and the UN human rights office.”

“The Ukrainian representative in the group on humanitarian issues gave a rather negative response to the information received from international organizations; in fact, she refused to view these documents as official documents of international organizations and therefore actually dismissed their status,” Deinego said.

“This statement (on refusing to acknowledge the documents - eds Lugansk Media Centre) caused confusion on our part and on the part of Coordinator of the Working Group on Humanitarian Issues Toni Frisch,” he added.

“The situation worsened when we continued to insist on discussing the matter. (Ukrainian representative in the humanitarian group) Mrs Irina Geraschenko said she would not discuss this topic which is painful to both parties to the conflict, showing her attitude towards finalizing these lists and towards the international organizations which help us streamline work on this issue,” the envoy said.

“Of course, our reaction was unequivocal: if Ukraine openly refuses to conduct dialogue with us, we won’t impose ourselves, so we stood up and left: the Lugansk and Donetsk representatives left the meeting of the working group; the Russian Federation supported our move, too,” he said.

“As a result, the group on humanitarian issues only worked through a part of the agenda, because Ukraine disrupted the dialogue in this group and we had to withdraw from the session,” Deinego said.

The all-for-all prisoner exchange is a key point of the Package of Measures for the Implementation of the 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.

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.

 The next meeting of the Contact Group and its working groups is scheduled for 19 July.

LuganskMediaCentre — 06 July — Lugansk