Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Donetsk People's Republic

The results of sitting of the group on political issues in Minsk (June 21)

21 June 2017

On June 21, 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. 

"The another sitting of the political group was held in the spirit of the traditional attempts by the Ukraine’s representatives to avoid discussion not only of their immediate obligations of Minsk agreements, but also the compromise mechanisms proposed by the guarantor countries.

The main issue remains the procedure for the entry into force of the Law on the special status of Donbass, which, according to paragraph 11 of the Package of Measures, should already be in force on an ongoing basis. Earlier, taking into account the current crisis situation in the negotiation process and with a view to overcoming it, the Republic’s representatives agreed to support this only possible compromise today: the entry into force of the Law first on an interim basis on election day, and on the day of the OSCE / ODIHR report on an ongoing basis. This mechanism has been repeatedly confirmed by the Republics and mediators of the negotiation process at all levels as the most realistic approach to reaching consensus and peacefully resolving the conflict. However, the Ukraine’s representatives continue to avoid any discussion and coordination of this procedure at any sitting of the group.

At the same time, it is necessary to pay attention that refusal to take the necessary measures to introduce legislation on a special status or any Kiev’s imitation in the form of new projects that do not meet the requirements of the Minsk agreements is a dangerous trend. This is evidenced by a number of international documents, including such international institutions as the PACE, the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe and the Venice Commission, which directly indicate that the measures for decentralization and provision of broad powers to the regions are the basis for preventing and resolving any conflicts. Thus, the reverse actions can only indicative of continuation of introducing an ever-increasing schism into society.

If Kiev really wants to regain the confidence of Donbass people, it should begin to implement the agreements and prescriptions of the Package of Measures in the order that is indicated there: in consultations and in agreement with the representatives of these territories, and, first of all, to enact the already adopted Law on special Status of Donbass " - Natalia Nikonorova about the sitting of the group on political issues.