Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Donetsk People's Republic

The DPR MFA Head about the sitting of a group on political issues (15 June)

16 June 2016

15 June 2016 the sitting took place of a political group on conflict settlement in Donbass. The negotiations were attended by the DPR Acting Foreign Minister Natalya Nikonorova.

«At the sitting the basic issues were discussed on holding an amnesty and modality of elections. Current representatives of Ukraine continued adhering their «ideas» therefore the main agenda – road map – wasn’t reviewed in a point of fact again on this meeting. Working paper on elections modality was discussed rather actively but because of the time limits only first 4 points were managed to be discussed.

The issue on prohibition of prosecuting individuals participated in the events in Donbass once again caused principal discordance in the factual approach towards the realization of this point of the Package of Measures. Nevertheless current Ukraine’s negotiators at least do not deny the presumption of innocence as distinct from their predecessors insisting on the general intent.

Alongside this, one more complication is that the Ukrainian party gives reasons for its position on all issues entirely using the provisions of general legislation of Ukraine, and we insist on the international principles and standards of the OSCE.

Next two day negotiations will take place on 28 - 29 June, so more time will be for the discussion», – Natalya Nikonorova about the results of the group’s sitting on political issues.