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31 October 2017, 14:58

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OSCE coordinator notes positive changes at LPR checkpoint in Stanitsa area - Kobtseva

OSCE coordinator notes positive changes at LPR checkpoint in Stanitsa area - Kobtseva

LUGANSK, October 31 (Lugansk Media Centre) - Coordinator of the Contact Group subgroup on humanitarian issues Toni Frisch noted positive changes at the LPR checkpoint in Stanitsa Luganskaya area which he had visited earlier in the day, said LPR representative at the subgroup, head of the LPR working group on prisoner exchange Olga Koptseva who accompanied Frisch on the visit.

“Mr Frisch was there a year ago; as head of the humanitarian group in Minsk, he called for improving border crossing conditions for people,” Kobtseva told Lugansk Media Centre. “Today, Frisch visited the place again and saw changes for the better.”

He noted positive dynamics in improvements of the conditions for people crossing the contact line,” she said. “He made positive remarks about it saying that it was an example to be followed; Donetsk, DPR, has no counterparts of the crossing point we’re operating.”

“He (Frisch) saw the mobile point (operating under the aegis of the Donbass people reunification humanitarian programme) where persons who cross the Contact Line, can receive financial aid,” Kobtseva noted.

“He also saw that the International Committee of the Red Cross is providing financial assistance for running electrical power to the crossing point in order to expand the warning centre, which will be accomplished within the shortest possible time,” she added.

On 30 October, Frisch visited the Lugansk penitentiary, earlier known as Pre-Trial Detention Centre N 17 to meet with detainees who are on prisoner exchange lists.

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 — 31 October — Lugansk