15 March 2017, 20:21


LPR, DPR to consider elections modalities only after Kiev coordinates special status law

LPR and DPR are ready to consider the modalities of Donbass local elections only after Ukraine coordinates the law on the special status of the region, said the representatives of Donbass Republics at the Minsk talks Rodion Miroshnik and Natalya Nikonorova.

"The logic behind the Package of Measures sets the definite order of actions aimed at implementing the Minsk Agreements."

First, the amendments to Ukrainian law on Donbass self-governing – already adopted but blocked by the Ukrainian parliament - should be coordinated.

The procedure for the law coming into force should be coordinated, which has already been approved by the Normandy Four leaders, the Republics' reps argue.

"The special status envisages:

Right to linguistic self-determination; Creation of the people’s police units by decision of local councils; special mechanism for appointing heads of prosecution and judicial authorities, special mode of business organization and cross-border  cooperation with the Russian Federation."

"Only based on the special status of our territories we are ready to conduct consultations and coordinate the modalities of elections, amnesty conditions and the exemption from punishment, prosecution and discrimination for persons involved in the events that have taken place in certain areas of the Donetsk and Lugansk regions as provided by the Package of Measures."

The members of the Contact Group on the implementation of the peace plan in the East of Ukraine at a meeting in Minsk on August, 26th agreed on complete ceasefire in Donbass effective from midnight April, 30. Since the autumn of 2014 it is the 9th attempt to set up a durable 'silence regime'. However, due to systematic ceasefire violations by Ukrainian forces, that shelled the Republics territories with artillery, mortars and tanks that were to be withdrawn in accordance with the Minsk agreements, LPR and DPR urged a strict implementation of comprehensive ceasefire effective from September 15. Kiev promised to observe the truce, though LPR People's Militia records violations by Kiev forces almost daily.

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.

LuganskMediaCentre — 15 March — Lugansk