Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Donetsk People's Republic

Results of a group’s sitting on political issues in Minsk (7 September)

08 September 2016

7 September 2016 the sitting took place of a political group on conflict settlement in Donbass. The talks were attended by the DPR Acting Foreign Minister Natalya Nikonorova.

"Yesterday at the group’s sitting on political issues Ukraine has again «reported» on implementation of all conditions for introducing the Steinmeier`s formula and Constitutional reform. Firstly, after the arguments made by the Ukrainian party the impression appeared that our opponents are not familiar with the content of this formula as the acting version of a Law on special status of our region contradicts Steinmeier`s suggestions and has no order of entering the Law into force on an ongoing basis. Secondly the negotiators from Ukraine have again refused to coordinate the constitutional reform with the representatives of Republics that fundamentally contradicts the Package of Measures.

From the claimed agenda only one issue was managed to be discussed on elections modalities – election campaigns funding. The Ukrainian party didn’t present its official position and replaced it by the simple enumeration of the basic principles of free democratic elections.

Alongside this yesterday after two months since the start of primaries in the Donetsk People’s Republic the Ukrainian party expressed concern on their holding as if it contradicts the Minsk agreements. Such statements are highly to be expected. Firstly Kiev is running out of arguments in order to prolong a discussion and coordination of the political agenda and secondly current leaders of Ukraine are not widely aware about genuinely democratic public processes. Today in Kiev in the context of a direct prosecution of dissidents and after open derogation from respect of human rights it is hard to even imagine a political process which complies with all international legal norms and makes it possible to realize the right to self-governance, right to freedom of speech and conscience, right to freedom of assembly. Also the universally accepted democratic principle is long-forgotten on that every citizen may do whatever is not forbidden by law. At the same time the Package of Measures directly provides for holding the local elections in accordance with the OSCE standards and it means those who administrate this process should have corresponding knowledge, skills and experience and that’s what primaries will make it possible to actualize this competence", - Natalya Nikonorova about the results of a group’s sitting on political issues. 

Next sitting of a group on political issues is to take place on 21 September.