19 November 2020, 19:32


Kiev tables no documents for discussion by Contact Group subgroups - Deinego

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LUGANSK, November 19 (Lugansk Media Centre) - Kiev representatives have not sent any documents for discussion by Contact Group subgroups at the extraordinary video conference that took place on Thursday, Lugansk People’s Republic representative at the Minsk talks, LPR Foreign Minister Vladislav Deinego said.

Kiev officials at the Minsk talks had said that they were ready to take part in extraordinary sessions of the Contact Group subgroups on security, political and humanitarian issues. Ukraine suggested discussing the operation of the crossing points, prisoner swaps and mine clearance. The previous Contact Group video conference took place on November 11, and the next is scheduled for November 25.

Deinego said that although Kiev had the mass media announce extraordinary meetings of three of the four Contact Group subgroups, it “de facto requested only two such meetings.”

“However, after we asked about the urgency behind these extraordinary sessions, issues to be discussed and proposed solutions, the situation changed drastically as Ukrainian representative did not send a single document for discussion; as for the security subgroup representatives, we lost communication with them altogether,” Deinego said.

He said that “there is nothing but handwaving behind the initiative trumpeted by the mass media; meanwhile, the LPR representatives are ready to work 24/7, provided there are documents to be worked on.”

“We had waited till 17:00 and exhausted our patience for today. We’re ready to continue to discuss extraordinary meetings after the Ukrainian delegation - which initiates these meetings - clearly states the subject for discussion and proposes concrete solutions which we’ll consider,” Deinego 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 November — Lugansk