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17 January 2019, 18:04

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Security subgroup meeting in Minsk addresses demining issues

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LUGANSK, January 17 (Lugansk Media Centre) - The Contact Group working group on security met in Minsk on Thursday to discuss demining in Donbass, the Lugansk People’s Republic Office at the Joint Centre for Control and Coordination said. 

“During the meeting (of the security subgroup) on January 17, 2019, the participants discussed observation of the effective ceasefire, additional ceasefire measures, Ukraine’s violations in the three pilot disengagement areas and humanitarian demining. They denounced the mining of the Mironovskoye water reservoir dam by Ukrainian forces, which the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine recorded in its report,” the JCCC said.

It added that in the course of the meeting, the LPR representative in the security subgroup Roman Ivanov reported the ceasefire violations by Ukraine, recorded by the LPR office at the JCCC, as well as framework agreement violations in disengagement area No 2 in Zolotoye recorded by the OSCE SMM.

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 — 17 January — Lugansk