Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Donetsk People's Republic

The DPR MFA Head about sitting of the group on political issues (17-18 May)

23 May 2016

17-18 May, 2016 the sitting of political group took place on the conflict settlement in Donbass. The negotiations were attended by the DPR Acting Foreign Minister Natalya Nikonorova.

«17 May during the negotiations the projects were presented on the Law on elections, amendments to the Constitution of Ukraine «On temporary local self-government order in certain districts of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions» and corrections of the Law Project on introduction of amendments to the Constitution of Ukraine. In the course of the negotiations the Republic representatives put forward an initiative not to prolong the negotiating process with redundant detalization but follow the way of coordination of the main 5 modalities that cause the greatest disagreement. There were no objections on this initiative within the parts. Also the Ukrainian representative agreed to record the position of the parts after each meeting that can be considered as the small progress in the negotiations based on the positive experience of such practice in other groups. It can greatly simplify the negotiation process, in particular, avoid the repeated discussion of already achieved agreements in positions.

May 18, the amnesty discussion was planned but the agenda was broken off. As it was mentioned earlier in the press, the group’s sitting on political issues was delayed on two hours because of the absence of the official representatives of Ukraine. Vladimir Gorbulin had returned to Kiev the day before for health reasons and he was «replaced» by Olga Aivazovskaya but this participant of the negotiating process didn’t have mandate to discuss anything but elections. That is why the discussion of the planned topic didn’t take place, only the brief opinion from the part of Ukraine was presented on voting of the temporary displaced people. This incident broke off the sitting of not only our group but also the humanitarian one the work of which fully depends on the Law adoption on prohibition of prosecution of persons-participants of the events in Donbass ", - Natalya Nikonorova about the results of the group’s sitting on political issues.

 The next sitting is to take place on May 31 and June 1.