Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Donetsk People's Republic

The results of sitting of the group on political issues in Minsk (May 24)

24 May 2017

On May 24, 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. 

“Unfortunately, Ukrainian party continues to ignore implementation logic of Package of Measures and delay the negotiation process, using traditional methods of Kiev.

First of all, it is the discussion of issues that do not relate to Package of Measures implementation and topic of negotiations. We should constantly remind our opponents that the main item on the agenda is the Law on the special status of our territories and the mechanism for its entry into force on a compromise basis, agreed in October 2015 by the leaders of Normandy format. Representatives of Ukraine are still deaf to these appeals and regarding the issues of the approved agenda, Ukrainian party has delegated its decision-making power to Normandy format. These actions only block the negotiation process and directly contradict main principle of agreements signed in Minsk - dialogue and coordination of positions on key issues directly with the Republics' representatives. I would like once again to remind Ukrainian authorities that Minsk negotiations are the only working platform for diplomatic resolution of the conflict and speedy peace restoration in Donbass.

In addition, today the regulation issue is especially acute. In negotiation process the rules for all participants should be the same. Without giving their official position in writing and refusing at the next sitting from their own words, our opponents directly demonstrate policy of double standards and violate the principle of conscientious attitude to negotiation process. In such circumstances, only the regulations adoption will break the political issues circulation, so we continue to insist on the prescribing and harmonization of clear regulatory rules, within which negotiations will be transferred into a constructive channel”- Natalia Nikonorova about the sitting of the group on political issues.