LUGANSK, September 5 (Lugansk Media Centre) - OSCE Contact Group humanitarian subgroup coordinator Toni Frisch plans to visit the Donbass Republics and Ukraine in the near future to see the conditions in which detainees are kept, Lugansk People’s Republic representative in the Contact Group subgroup on humanitarian issues, head of the working group on prisoner exchange Olga Kobtseva told the Lugansk Media Centre.
“An accord was reached at today’s meeting of the working group (on humanitarian issues - eds Lugansk Media Centre) on Toni Frisch’s visit to Ukraine and the Donbass Republics, during which he plans to visit detainees and see prison conditions,” Kobtseva said.
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 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.