Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Donetsk People's Republic

The results of sitting of the group on political issues in Minsk (August 23)

23 August 2017

 On August 23, 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.

"Another round of negotiations of the group on political issues in Minsk was unsuccessful. Despite the direct instructions of the “Normandy Heads” that the Minsk format, based on paragraph 13 of the Package of Measures and with the aim of this document implementation, remains the main working platform, Ukraine’s representatives continue to expect another clearer instructions and signals for starting work. Contact and working groups in Minsk have been created and are ready to realize the main principle of peaceful settlement: agreement of mechanisms, modalities and details of the peace agreements implementation by Kiev and Republics, which are parties to the conflict. At the same time, Ukraine’s representatives try to reduce this work to theoretical discussions and propose, for example, to invite experts to each sitting without having specific questions to them and surprising with such proposals even the OSCE coordinators. Our position remains unchanged — the existing platform within the framework of Minsk format gives all the necessary conditions for political settlement, the basis of which is the special status of Donbass. We insist that there should not be any preconditions and additional requirements for discussion and implementation of the special status of Donbass.

At the same time, since the validity of the Law "On the special order of local self-government in certain regions of Donetsk and Lugansk regions" expires on October 18, 2017, the issue of enactment of all provisions of the special status of our territories remains thorny. Representatives of Ukraine can not express their position either in the Normandy or in Minsk format regarding steps on preventing the expiry of the law, and also avoid discussing possible consequences. As a result, the inaction of Kyiv authorities with regard to the extension of the Law on the special status of Donbass may be the inability to implement political items of the Package of Measures, which will cause significant damage to the whole process of peaceful settlement" -  Natalia Nikonorova about the sitting of the group on political issues.