21 July 2020, 23:55


Kiev reps fail to answer important questions concerning Minsk Agreements - Miroshnik

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LUGANSK, July 21 (Lugansk Media Centre) - Kiev representatives at the political subgroup talks via videoconference on Tuesday failed to give coherent answers to two key points of the Minsk Agreements, i.e. the timeframe for transferring border control and the constitutional reform envisioning deep decentralization and cementing of the “special status of certain areas of the Donetsk and Lugansk regions,’’ LPR representative to the political subgroup Rodion Miroshnik said.

“In the (Contact Group) working group on political issues, Kiev representatives including Ukrainian parliamentarians were unable to give coherent answers regarding two key points of the Minsk Agreements: the timeframe for handing over the border control and the constitutional reform which accounts or does not account for the peculiarities of certain areas (of the Donetsk and Lugansk regions),” Miroshnik said.

He noted that “it is these interpretations that violate the Minsk Agreements that are found in the Ukrainian parliament’s resolution on holding local elections across the country on October 25” except for the areas of the Donetsk and Lugansk regions which are not controlled by the Ukrainian government.

Miroshnik said that Ukrainian lawmakers Alexander Merezhko and Andrey Kostin “stated that the resolution fully conformed to the Minsk Agreements but refused to answer follow-up questions asked in the presence of the OSCE representative,” while “other members of the Ukrainian delegation acknowledged violations of the Agreements but said that they were not important and that the group could proceed to other issues.”

“What good is coordination of “special status” details if Kiev refused to integrate it in the Constitution, and, consequently, in Ukraine’s legal system? What is the significance of the accords if the Ukrainian parliament votes for the documents which are officially at odds with the Minsk Agreements?” he said.

According to the LPR representative, after “passing the parliament resolution on local elections which violate the Minsk Agreements, Kiev actually blocked the political process on the Minsk platform showing itself as the party that openly violates the commitments undertaken within the Minsk and Normandy Four formats.”

“The final assessment of Kiev’s action has to be given at the Contact Group meeting tomorrow,” the LPR representative said.

Ukrainian authorities launched the so-called anti-terrorist operation against Donbass in April 2014. Conflict settlement is based on the Package of Measures for the Implementation of the Minsk Agreements signed in the Belarussian capital on February 12, 2015 by the Contact Group members and coordinated by the heads of the “Normandy Four” states (Russia, Germany, France and Ukraine). The UN Security Council approved the documents by its Resolution 2202 of February 17, 2015 and called upon the parties to the conflict to ensure implementation of the document.

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 persons and refuges, as well as with social, humanitarian, economic and rehabilitation issues.

LuganskMediaCentre — 21 July — Lugansk