Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Donetsk People's Republic

The results of sitting of the group on political issues in Minsk (March 14)

14 March 2018
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On March 14, 2018 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.

“Despite the imposition of conditions for an early resolution of the conflict, the representatives of Kiev are making every effort to achieve the opposite result - the delay in the negotiation process and the conflict in Donbass.

At today's meeting once again was confirmed that without the coordination of Steinmeier’s formula and without understanding of the coming into force the law on the special status of Donbass, it is not possible to move forward on other political issues. In particular, trying to discuss amnesty, the main issue was the time frame for this process. The reference to amnesty and the prohibition of prosecution is contained in the law on special status that was adopted, but not in legal force.

Continuation of ignoring objectively necessary and fixed in a certain order by the Package of Measures actions leads to a distance from the prospects for the conflict settlement. Only joint work on the agreed agenda and Kiev's conscientious attitude to the talks can bring the current negotiating situation out of stagnation and become a basis for progress in achieving a long-term and material peace in Donbass.” - Natalia Nikonorova about the sitting of the group on political issues.