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24 December 2019, 19:32

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LPR reserves right to amend exchange lists due to Kiev’s actions - Kobtseva

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LUGANSK, December 24 (Lugansk Media Centre) - The Lugansk People’s Republic has to reserve the right to amend the list of the detainees held in its territory, whom Ukraine wants to be released, the Republic’s representative to the Contact Group humanitarian subgroup, head of the LPR working group on prisoner exchange Olga Kobtseva told the Lugansk Media Centre.

Earlier, she said that Ukraine had unilaterally removed a number of verified persons from the prisoner exchange list.

“If Ukraine does not change its approach to listing the detainees, we reserve the right to amend the list of the persons held in the LPR, whose release is sought by Ukraine,” Kobtseva said.

The Minsk talks participants reached the accord at the video conference on Monday to carry out a prisoner exchange by yearend, she added.

Kobtseva earlier said that Ukraine could not guarantee the legal clearance of the detainees which was crucial for the “all verified for all verified” prisoner exchange. She said that the Republic was ready to hand over up to 30 people to Ukraine.

Prisoner exchange is a key point of the Minsk Agreements.

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 Resolution 2202 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 — 24 December — Lugansk