2 July 2018, 18:29


LPR calls on intl community to make Kiev sign declaration against tortures

LUGANSK, July 2 (Lugansk Media Centre) – The LPR urges international community to "work with Kiev" to make it sign the declaration against torture tabled by the OSCE representative at the Minsk talks Toni Frisch and banning tortures and violence against civilians by the hands of security forces, said LPR representative in the Contact Group humanitarian subgroup Olga Kobtseva.

She said that during the latest meeting in Minsk the humanitarian group discussed the declaration "urging both the Republics and Ukraine to stop tortures and violence against civilians".

"Unfortunately there was no one to discuss it with in reality, as Ukraine was represented at expert level, and the experts were not authorized to make decisions."

But Ukraine has again demanded that Russia should be mentioned in the document.

"Again, as since the end of last year and during the talks this year, we observe anti-Russian rhetoric coming from the Ukrainian side," she said.

Kobtseva explained, that Kiev demanded Russia to be mentioned in the declaration, as Russia is a member of the Normandy Four, while the Republics are not.

"We reminded that Germany and France are the guarantors of the Minsk Agreements, apart from Russia. Following the logics of the Ukrainian demand, Germany and France should beincluded in the document. It caused bewilderment of the Ukrainian side, laughter. It is still an open issue."

"We are ready to sign the declaration and urge international missions represented the UN Human Rights mission and commissions on preventing violence and tortures who visited Donbass, to pay attention to the situation and do something. We are counting on the Ukrainian side to come to realize (the truth) and to sign the document."

Kobtseva said, the document should be signed as it had been proposed by Frisch.

Earlier LPR representative in the Contact Group humanitarian subgroup said that Kiev refused to harmonize the OSCE-proposed draft declaration on prohibition of tortures and insisted on mentioning Russia in the document which is not a part to the conflict.

LuganskMediaCentre — 02 July — Lugansk