Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Donetsk People's Republic

The results of sitting of the group on political issues in Minsk (September 06)

06 September 2017

 On September 06, 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.

"At today's sitting of the group on political issues, representatives of Ukraine have not presented their official position on any issue. While no one item of the Package of Measures has not been implemented by Kiev, Ukrainian party again declared hypocritical statements that they fulfilled all of their obligations under the Minsk Agreements. Moreover, being fully aware that the Law "On the special order of local self-government in certain areas of Donetsk and Lugansk regions" is a key act for solving all political issues, Ukraine’s representatives remain idle and keep silent on our appeals to discuss options for extending the Law.

Due to the results of the coordinator's report on this situation, Ukraine’s representative in the Contact Group, Leonid Kuchma, was forced to confirm that to the next sitting Ukrainian party will provide us with its position on all issues related to the operation of Law on the Special Status of Donbass. Although there is already a precedent, when this year in January Mr. Kuchma promised to provide Ukraine's written positions on the elections’ modalities for the next sitting, but they were not provided. Nevertheless, the very fact of Ukraine's confirmation of its obligations within the Contact Group gives hope that at the next sitting all questions on the main issue of the political agenda - granting our territories a special status - will be answered. In this connection we will finally have an opportunity to discuss diplomatic resolving of the conflict in Donbass" - Natalia Nikonorova about the sitting of the group on political issues.