Donbas civilians should participate in Minsk talks, - Head of Zelensky's office

Source : 112 Ukraine

However, they should have nothing to do with the separatists and terrorist organizations
15:19, 2 June 2020

Head of the President’s Office Andriy Yermak
Official website of the President of Ukraine

Head of the President's Office Andriy Yermak believes that the recognized representatives of the local civilians should participate in talks on Donbas, as Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung reported.

“If such representatives of the population should be involved in the negotiations then they should be not involved in the military actions or murders of our soldiers and they should have nothing to do with the separatists and terrorist organizations. They should be recognized representatives of the civilians,” he said.

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According to Yermak, Minsk Talks, which last for years, ‘were not the talks in fact’, the decisions of the Paris Normandy Format Summit are not fulfilled: every day the Ukrainian soldiers die and the new disengagement areas are not approved at the Trilateral Contact Group Talks. The only visible success from the summit holding is the prisoner swap between Ukraine, Russia and so-called people’s republics but there are still many arrested people who can be exchanged.

“It really prevents us to move along other issues,” Yermak added.

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He insists that all agreements of the summit should be implemented, particularly: the ceasefire, disengagement, mine clearance, access of OSCE, and the Red Cross to prisoners in the territories uncontrolled by Ukraine and prisoners’ exchange in all for all format.

Yermak also underlined that the holding of elections in Donbas is possible only after the fulfillment of the security demands, particularly, the withdrawal of the foreign troops and illegal armed formations and when Ukraine returns the control over its border.

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As we reported, the agreement was reached on the discussion of the forming lists for prisoners’ exchange at the session of the Trilateral Contact Group.  

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