Belarusian FM: Sessions of Minsk subgroups underway

Source : 112 Ukraine

All four subgroups are negotiating today
12:06, 29 June 2016

‘All working subgroups meet in Minsk for another round of talks to solve the situation in eastern Ukraine,’ the Foreign Ministry tweeted.  

Martin Sajdik, the OSCE representative in the Minsk group, said he’d expected to pass the document that foresees complete pulling apart of the conflicting sides along the division line in eastern Ukraine. It was the main question raised by the security issues subgroup on Tuesday. During the Wednesday session, the political subgroup will talk about opportunities to hold the local election in the occupied areas of Donbas.

Representatives of the so called DPR and LPR continue to demand that Ukraine makes decision on holding the election before July 14, which is the last plenary day before the summer vacations in the Ukrainian parliament. However, Ukraine’s position hasn’t changed; Kyiv says elections in Donbas are impossible until security issues are solved. Besides, both Russia-backed separatists and Ukraine continue negotiations about the release of all POWs; militants demand amnesty for their comrades detained by the Ukrainian servicemen in Donbas. The issue of ceasefire is also yet to be solved.  

Related: Minsk to host meeting of Trilateral contact group on Wednesday

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