Contact Group in Minsk did not reach agreement upon weaponry withdrawal - OSCE
12:15, 23 September 2015

Contact Group in Minsk did not reach agreement upon weaponry withdrawal - OSCE

Neither the agreement was reached yet upon the hostages release

12:15, 23 September 2015


Trilateral Contact Group for resolving the conflict in Donbas during yesterday`s meeting in Minsk did not reach agreement upon the removal of tanks and weapons of less than 100 mm caliber from the contact line. This was stated by the special representative of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) in the contact group Martin Sajdik, Interfax-Ukraine.

"After nearly seven hours of negotiations, the parties have not yet reached agreement on this issue," Sajdik said.

In addition, neither the agreement was reached upon humanitarian issues, in particular, towards release of hostages - told representative of Ukraine in humanitarian subgroup of Trilateral Contact Group Iryna Herashchenko, Interfax-Ukraine

According to her, militants are trying to link the issue with the release of the hostages to the amnesty for illegal armed groups.

"Unfortunately, when it comes to humanitarian subgroup, there is no news about the hostages, which is the central issue of our attention, but the militants are trying to tie it to the question of amnesty, which is a pure blackmail", Herashchenko wrote on her Facebook page on Tuesday evening.

As it was reported, political subgroup of Tripartite Contact Group for resolving the situation in Donbas during next week will continue its meeting in Minsk. On 25thof September, the Contact Group with participation of representatives of separate areas of Donetsk and Lugansk regions is to hold negotiations about withdrawal of military equipment via videoconference. On the agenda - the whole spectrum of the Minsk Agreements`  security issues,  in particular, the cessation of fire.

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