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15 December 2020, 17:08

Minsk-2

Meeting of subgroup on political issues ends without results - LPR Foreign Ministry

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LUGANSK, December 15 (Lugansk Media Centre) - The video conference of the Contact Group subgroup on political issues ended with New Year wishes but without any results, the Lugansk People’s Republic Foreign Ministry said.

“The meeting of the subgroup on political issues has ended. All the participants unanimously extended their best wishes ahead of the New Year and Christmas,” the LPR Foreign Ministry said. “They were unable to make headway or reach a consensus on other issues.”

The Ukrainian government launched the so-called anti-terrorist operation against Donbass in April 2014. Conflict settlement relies on the Package of Measures for the Implementation of the Minsk Agreements, signed on February 12, 2015 in the Belarussian capital by the Contact Group members and coordinated by the Normandy Four heads of states (Russia, Germany, France and Ukraine). The UN Security Council approved the document by Resolution No 2202 of February 17, 2015 and called upon the parties to ensure its implementation.

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 — 15 December — Lugansk