Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Donetsk People's Republic

The results of sitting of the group on political issues in Minsk (April 12)

12 April 2017

On April 12, 2017 a sitting of the political group on the resolving of the conflict in Donbass took place in Minsk. The Acting Minister of Foreign Affairs of the DPR Natalia Nikonorova took part in negotiations. 

"Ukrainian representatives have little hope to rewrite in their own way the Package of Measures and other documents signed in Minsk.

Ukrainian party again tries to avoid its obligations with the help of road map. Kyiv perceives it not as a detailed plan for the implementation of the Package of Measures, but as a new version of the same Package and amendments to the previously agreed conditions (first of all, the entry into force of Law on the special status of our territories).For this reason Ukrainian representatives have delegated to the Normandy format power to determine their official position. This approach, according to our opponents, will somehow change meaning of the document approved by the world leaders and the UN Security Council.

However, such negotiations paradigm is absolutely dysfunctional and only demonstrates Ukraine's reluctance to conduct a direct constructive dialogue in the Minsk format. In accordance with the Declaration in support of the Package of Measures and the status of Donbass conflict as non-international: Normandy format is the control mechanism, and the Minsk negotiations are the only working platform for discussions and agreements.

As before, the main negotiations problem is the lack of agreed agenda. Representatives of the Donetsk and Lugansk People's Republics, the Russian Federation, OSCE have their clear position on each agenda item and are ready not only to make it plain, but also to document it. At the same time, our opponents raise a lot of issues that are not included in the sitting program, but also fall within the competence of political group with the aim of maximizing the negotiation process. Thus, the regulation, as approved obligation of all participants in negotiation process to keep to the agenda, to fix and respect the already reached agreements, will help to establish constructive work in Minsk" - Natalia Nikonorova announced about the results of the sitting of the group on political issues.