Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Donetsk People's Republic

MFA DPR Head on sitting of the group on political issues, March 23

25 March 2016

23 March 2016, the negotiations of contact groups on Donbass conflict settlement took place in Minsk. The sitting of a group on political issues was attended by the Head of the DPR Foreign Minister Natalya Nikonorova, the representative of the Republic.

The main topic of the discussion for political group became the procedure of implementation the point 5 of the Package of Measures on preventing the prosecution and punishment of persons in connection with the events that have taken place in Donbass. The Ukrainian part offered regulating the procedural matter by way of use of some concept «transitional justice» that caused surprise among all participants of the negotiations, first of all, the OSCE representatives.

Far from approval the parts` positions on amnesty issues as the representatives of Kiev actively insist on the use of «presumption of guilt» and the Republic representatives, on the contrary, stand for observing the international standards of justice. Almost all international conventions, for instance, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights directly specify the presumption of innocence as one of the fundamental principles of justice and observance of human rights. This principle is recognized in the Ukrainian legislation, including the constitutional level.

On the same day, March 23, the joint sitting was held of the group on security issues and the group on political issues during which the OSCE representatives presented the draft paper on issues of safety provision during holding the local elections. On results of the discussion the decision was made that every part should send its proposals for paper rework for the review on April 20.

It is worth to mention that in the course of a sitting another time the representatives of Ukraine insisted on « withdrawal of armed individuals» from the Republic territory ignoring the fact these people are the residents of those settlements where local elections are to take place, i.e. voters. By all these actions Ukraine strictly shows its position regarding our territory – taking power in the Republic unless by the guns but by the political means.