Today there were concrete proposals from the parties with the coordinates of potential sites and a draft supplement to the Framework Decision, which is necessary for the implementation of the further disengagement of forces and hardware on the table in the Contact Group’s security group.
“At the moment, the real discussion process, in fact, has just begun. The OSCE coordinator, summarizing parties’ proposals, noted that so far only one of 9 working options coincides, which is located in the area of Oktyabr-Gnutovo checkpoint in the south of our Republic.
At the same time, we note that the parties see coordinates of disengagement areas in this location differently.
It is important to understand that it is necessary to coordinate three areas all together in order to discuss the schedule of disengagement process. In addition, we believe that all this work should be carried out as part of a phased disengagement of forces along the entire line of contact.
To resolve the important aspects of the disengagement process that were left without attention, it is extremely important to coordinate and initial the supplement to the Framework Decision. However, the Ukrainian party deliberately delays the discussion of the issue of new areas, that is why negotiators do not have enough time to work on the supplement. It is encouraging that Mr. Cevik fully shares our position and intends to solve this problem as soon as possible at the level of the group’s work” - Natalia Nikonorova said.
We hope that subsequent meetings of the working group on security issues will be held in a more constructive manner.