LPR representatives, ICRC official discuss humanitarian subgroup agenda
LUGANSK, May 22 (Lugansk Media Centre) - Head of the International Committee of the Red Cross delegation in Ukraine Alan Ashliman and Lugansk People's Republic envoys to the Minsk talks met to discuss the key issues of the Contact Group’s humanitarian agenda, the LPR parliament press service reported.
“A meeting took place between parliameent deputy, LPR representative in the Contact Group’s humanitarian subgroup, head of the working group on prisoner exchange Olga Kobtseva, LPR envoy to the Minsk talks, acting LPR Foreign Minister Vladislav Deinego and head of the ICRC delegation in Ukraine Alan Ashliman,” the press service said.
“In the course of the meeting, we discussed with Mr Alan Ashilman the rebuilding of the destroyed span of the bridge in the Stanitsa Luganskaya area, the search for the persons unaccounted for as a result of military aggression of the Ukrainian government against Lugansk People’s Republic residents, and the ICRC’s participation in resolving humanitarian issues in the LPR territory,” Kobtseva said.
Currently there is only one official checkpoint at the line of contact in LPR area of responsibility in Donbass and it is accessible via the bridge in vicinity of Stanitsa Luganskaya. Only pedestrian traffic here is possible thanks to temporary conduit, as the bridge was blown up by Ukrainian forces in early 2015. LPR has been continuously proposing to rebuild it.
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.
LuganskMediaCentre — 22 May — Lugansk