Donbas: “all for all” prisoner swap currently impossible, - OSCE

Source : 112 Ukraine

The topic of POW exchange remains and will remain on the table, the Organization’s Special Representative Martin Sajdik said
17:00, 11 March 2016

As the Friday meeting of Minsk Trilateral Contact Group is over, the OSCE claimed that there’s currently no way that the warring sides exchange prisoners in “all for all” format. “We can’t now ensure this, but the matter is being discussed”, Sajdik said after the session of the Trilateral Group. It took place in Minsk on March 11.

He added that the humanitarian subgroup insisted on allowing Red Cross members to visit the hostages, which would speed up the process of their release.   

Ukraine’s Representative on the humanitarian subgroup Iryna Gherashchenko also said that the Ukrainian side in the Group persistently brought on the topic of release of hostages, including Ukrainian citizens that are held as political hostages in Russia.  

As 112 International reported, earlier today, members of the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Luhansk People's Republics joined the negotiations in Minsk.

The result of the previous negotiation of the contact group was the signing of the document that prohibits military trainings with shooting near the line of contact as well as demining of 12 locations in Donbas along the line of contact.

Related: “DPR” and “LPR” representatives joined trilateral negotiations in Minsk

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