On 31 May and 1 June 2016, a sitting of a political group on the conflict settlement in Donbass took place. The negotiations were attended by the DPR Acting Foreign Minister Natalya Nikonorova.
"The first day of talks in the capital of Belarus began with bilateral consultations between representatives of the Republics and the OSCE. In spite of the fact that official Ukrainian representatives were at a general meeting this time, there was no constructive discussion. In respect that this round of negotiations was preceded by a telephone talk between representatives of a "Normandy Quartet", who reminded Ukraine of a necessary to implement Minsk-2 as soon as possible, we had big hopes for this meeting. But, as a result, we can state just a regression.
OSCE coordinators presented new working paper on the elections` modalities. It is more voluminous and contains a lot of details on conducting of local elections. Unfortunately, we were able to discuss only 3 points out of 12 – the representatives of a Ukrainian side are not acquainted with all the details of talking process so we have to return to those arguments which have already been spoken, as well as discuss topics that have already been thoroughly investigated.
There was no discussion on the most important question of the agenda – the road map. Despite a direct errand of the Contact Group, paying no attention to agreement on this point, which was reached by predecessors, and even ignoring a statement of Poroshenko about the importance of a document which regulates the procedure of political points` realization, Ukrainian representatives expressed their doubts about a necessity of the document`s implementation. Also, there was no discussion on exclusion of persecution and discrimination of those who took part in Donbass events.
The Ukrainian side is not just delaying the negotiation process by its actions, but is nullifying all the working results of political group for almost a year of sittings. Without implementation of the road map and without readiness to discuss the whole political package, and we do not see even these intentions of Ukrainian representatives, negotiations will inevitably reach a deadlock. Thus, Ukraine destroys all the efforts of world leaders who try to settle the conflict", - Natalia Nikonorova said about the results of political group sitting.
The next meeting is to take place on 14-15 June.