5 October 2017, 20:11
LPR grateful to humanitarian subgroup OSCE coordinator for impartiality - Deinego
LUGANSK, October 5 (Lugansk Media Centre) - The Lugansk People’s Republic is grateful to the Contact Group humanitarian subgroup coordinator of OSCE Toni Frisch for regular visits and trying to be impartial, LPR envoy to Minsk talks, acting LPR Foreign Minister Vladislav Deinego told a news briefing at Lugansk Media Centre on Thursday.
Frisch’s visit to penitentiaries in LPR and Kiev-held areas was discussed at a meeting in Minsk on 4 October.
“It is not going to the Toni Frisch’s first visit to LPR. We expect his visit in the near future. He makes regular visits to our territory,” Deinego said. “We’re very grateful to him for his using his opportunities as coordinator with maximum efficiency as he tries to make the picture more objective with his own efforts and monitoring.”
“His next move is the inspection of the Starobelsk remand prison (in Kiev-held part of Lugansk Region); about a year ago, we reported about inhuman conditions in which detainees were kept there. Ukrainian side then bragged that all problems had been solved without confirming its statements. Nobody checked to what extent the shortcomings had been eliminated,” he said.
“This is what Mr Frisch is going to check at Starobelsk prison first thing; he will either confirm Ukraine’s information or decide on the next moves on making prison conditions meet international norms,” the diplomat added.
He added that Frisch planned to go to LPR after his visit to Starobelsk.
“He has plans to meet with detainees kept in LPR. We’ll cooperate and wait for his visit,” Deinego said.
The Package of Measures for the Implementation of the Minsk Agreements was adopted by the Contact Group on Ukraine on 12 February 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.
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