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Minsk Talks: Prisoner swap, Donbas special status, amnesty, elections were discussed

Source : 112 Ukraine

The economic subgroup discussed the issues of the mobile communication and water supply through the contact line in separate areas of Donetsk and Luhansk regions, payment of pensions
12:12, 16 October 2019

Special Representative of the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office to the Trilateral Contact Group in Minsk, Martin Sajdik
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The prisoners’ exchange, the special status of Donbas, amnesty and elections were discussed at the Trilateral Contact Group in Minsk on October 15 as BELTA reported citing OSCE Representative Martin Sajdik.

“The legal implementation of the special status of occupied territories of Donetsk and Luhansk regions, including the consideration of the decentralization process in Ukraine, amnesty and modality of the local elections in Donbas were in focus of the political task group,” Sajdik reported.

The humanitarian task group in Minsk continued the discussion on the exchange of the prisoners, including the missing-persons.

Related: Donbas militants shell disengagement of forces area in Zolote from heavy machine guns

The economic subgroup discussed the issues of the mobile communication and water supply through the contact line in separate areas of Donetsk and Luhansk regions, payment of pensions.

Meanwhile, Sajdik stated that the Trilateral Contact Group failed to agree the new schedule of the disengagement of forces in Donbas.

The next meeting in Minsk will take place on October 29.

As we reported earlier, on October 1, the sides agreed on the beginning of the disengagement of the forces in Zolote (Luhansk region) and Petrovske (Donetsk region) during the Trilateral Contact Group session.

Related: Putin accuses Zelensky of non-provision of disengagement of forces in Donbas

However, on October 9, the clash took place between the police officers, volunteers, and veterans who want to enter Zolote to prevent the disengagement of forces at the checkpoint in Kreminna, Luhansk region.

The Office of the President confirmed the delay in forces’ separation in the area of Zolote, which was supposed to start a week ago.

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