LUGANSK, February 16 (Lugansk Media Centre) - The video conference of the Contact Group subgroup on political issues has again yielded no results, said Maria Kovshar, press secretary of the Lugansk People’s Republic delegation in the Contact Group.”
The session of the subgroup on political settlement ended without concrete results again,” Kovshar said.
“Apparently without much thought, Ukrainian delegation tries to use the same scenario for each session while fully ignoring the results of previous discussions. In what seems to have become a tradition, it spends the first 40 minutes of the session on useless attempts not to allow LPR public representatives to take part in the meeting, to as far as direct and aggressive demands that the OSCE 'remove them now.' Even subgroup coordinator for the OSCE Mr (Pierre) Morel was indignant at the Ukrainian representative's persistence and aggression.”
As last time, Ukraine continues to block the work on the key conflict settlement issue: the drawing of a joint coordinated document (Road Map/Action Plan) which has to spell out the measures towards implementing the Minsk Agreements. As before, they have not familiarised themselves with out proposals which proves again that they have no wish to work on a peaceful settlement of the Donbass conflict,” the DPR delegation press secretary said.
Ukraine continued the attempts to impose its “interpretation of the Minsk Agreements presenting Russia as a party to the conflict and ignoring provisions of the Package of Measures which clearly defines the conflicting parties, namely Kiev, Lugansk and Donetsk, she said.
“The profanation of Ukraine’s participation in the process is increasingly obvious with every round of talks,” Kovshar said. “Tomorrow, we’ll see the Contact Group’s reaction to it.”
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.