Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Donetsk People's Republic

Statement of Natalia Nikonorova, representative of the DPR in the group on political issues in the Minsk negotiations

29 March 2017

Special status of Donbass is guaranteed by Minsk agreements, which are recognized by the conflict parties, and also by the world community as the only possible way to resolve the situation in Ukraine. Kiev is obligated to consolidate the special status on an ongoing basis, including at the constitutional level. It was established by the Protocol of the Tripartite Contact Group in September 2014. Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, imitating the implementation of this Protocol, has urgently adopted the Law "On a special order of local self-government in certain areas of Donetsk and Lugansk regions," which did not enter into force because of the uncertainty of its operating. On February 12, 2015, the Package of Measures of the Minsk Agreements implementation necessitated a timeframe for determining the territories subject to the Law on the special status for its immediate launch. However, in March 2015, without preliminary discussions with the representatives of the Republics or at the level of "Normandy format", Ukraine has adopted amendments to this Law, according to which the special status of certain regions enters into force only after local elections in these territories. Thus, the Law has never had the force; therefore the acceptance of these amendments is a direct violation of Ukrainian obligations.

Ukraine continues to evade not only the implementation of the Package of Measures and the enactment of the Law on the special status of our territories, but also the discussion of the compromise for the enactment of this law proposed by Mr. Steinmeier. Despite the fact that the leaders of the guarantor countries have repeatedly confirmed the approval of the mechanism for providing Donbass with the special status on an ongoing basis, Kiev continues to sabotage the discussion of this issue. Ukrainian representatives by different means try to avoid constructive dialogue, in particular, referring to the need for consultations "in other formats", refuse to provide us with their official position, consistently ignore all our appeals to record the results of the sittings and the parties’ positions in order to implement the Law on the special status of our territories. All these actions of the Ukrainian party led to the fact that we are still far from the beginning of the implementation of the documents signed in Minsk. We are sincerely concerned about the lack of response of the world community to such actions of Ukraine on delaying the negotiations and implementation of the Package of Measures.

Trying to resolve the conflict by peaceful diplomatic means and to implement the Minsk Agreements, we appeal to the international community and, in particular, to the leaders of the guarantor countries of the Minsk Agreements. We call for an immediate attention to the negotiation situation and taking measures to exert pressure on Kiev to implement the Package of Measures as the only one possible way for a peaceful settlement of the situation in Donbass.

Natalia Nikonorova, DPR representative in the group on political issues.