6 November 2018, 20:25


Kiev stalls Minsk talks by assigning one representative to two subgroups - Kobtseva

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LUGANSK, November 6 (Lugansk Media Centre) - Kiev’s decision to delegate one representative to two Contact Group subgroups loses the sides the opportunity to carry out productive talks and quickly achieve results, Lugansk People’s Republic representative in the Contact Group humanitarian subgroup, head of the Republic’s working group on prisoner exchange Olga Kobtseva told the Lugansk Media Centre.

“Ukraine’s position is destructive as the authorised persons in the humanitarian and economic subgroups were represented by one man, Sergey Zagorodniy, who simultaneously had to be present in the economic and the humanitarian groups,” Kobtseva said.

“This prevented the parties from conducting productive negotiations or reaching any results on agenda issues,” she said.

For example, as as result of such actions, the parties were unable to make headway in the issues of rebuilding the Stanitsa Luganskaya bridge and exchanging prisoners.

Earlier, Kobtseva said that the position of Ukrainian representative in the Contact Group humanitarian subgroup Irina Geraschenko had remained “destructive , non-negotiable and aimed at derailing the Minsk Agreements” for a long time.

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 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.

LuganskMediaCentre — 06 November — Lugansk