Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Donetsk People's Republic

DPR MFA Head about the sitting of a group on political issues (27 July)

28 July 2016

27 July 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.

 «Three questions were on today’s agenda: amnesty, road map, elections modalities. But we have managed to discuss only certain election modalities: participation and accreditation of media, and also we briefly touched the question of financing the election campaign.

The official documents were still not provided by the Ukrainian party. Alongside this it appeared that the Ukrainian negotiators have the right to present their position even verbally only after the approval in some other format.

Therefore unfortunately we have failed to know the official position of Ukraine also on Steinmeier formula though this issue had been coordinated earlier with the Ukrainian representatives. This formula is a great compromise from our part as the Law «On special local self-government order» ought to be exercised. 

Consequently, under current conditions of the negotiating process it’s becoming apparent that the provision of the recording of party’s position is a necessary measure for both, already achieved positions and protocol fixation of disagreements. Otherwise there won’t be a progress in the negotiating process», – Natalya Nikonorova on the results of a group’s sitting on political issues.

Next group’s sitting on political issues is to take place on 3 August.