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Trilateral Contact Group reports results of meeting: Ceasefire observed for 108 days

Source : 112 Ukraine

The greatest progress is noted in the humanitarian area; there are positive signs that soon, the work of the checkpoints will be provided
15:03, 12 November 2020

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The Trilateral Contact Group on Donbas (TCG) reported on the results of the meeting of the heads of the delegations that took place on November 11 in the video-conference regime as the Ukrainian delegation reported on Telegram.

Related: Militants block work of Donbas checkpoints: People forced to walk 3 km with belongings

The negotiations brought the following results:

1. Policy area. The basis of the discussion was “Joint Actions Plan of the partakers of the Trilateral Contact Group on the fulfillment of Minsk Agreements” offered by Head of the Ukrainian delegation Leonid Kravchuk. The Ukrainian side supported the initiative of the OSCE representatives to hold extra meeting of the political subgroup and assured its readiness to work 24/7 for early agreement of the single document formulated by all partakers. Only two meetings of the TCG will take place until the end of the year.

2. Humanitarian area. Ukraine fulfilled its commitments and on November 10 it opened all checkpoints for movement of people and transport. The sides succeeded to reach a particular progress in the discussion of the terms of unblocking of the checkpoints’ work by the Russian side. These terms are purely technical. The OSCE representatives urged the Russian side to open the checkpoints from its side for movement of transport and people soon, until the end of this week. The Ukrainian side has made proposals on the order of the solution of the technical issues.

Related: Militants do not admit people at Zolote, Shchastya checkpoints in Donbas

3. Security area. Chief Monitor of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine, moderator of the security subgroup at TCG Yaşar Halit Çevik supported the intentions of the sides to observe the ceasefire regime. Çevik noted that the ceasefire is observed for 108 days; the decrease of the number of attacks and use of the heavy armament (mortars) is also observed.

The Ukrainian delegation continues to insist on the beginning of the humanitarian mine clearance – the offers proposed by President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky during the Paris summit on December 9, 2019. The issue is about 19 mined areas: cemeteries, power grids, water supply facilities at the demarcation line. The most important is to begin the mine clearance until the sharp worsening of weather conditions that will make it impossible. The Head of the Ukrainian delegation urged to return all mutually detained people until Christmas and New Year.

4. Economic area. The OSCE representatives supported the offer of the Ukrainian delegation to create ‘green corridors’ at the checkpoints for sedentary citizens who can freely move outside of the common line and freely receive pensions, social payments, administrative and financial services. The sides have started to process the technical side of the offer.

Related: Kremlin issues statement regarding potential introduction of peacekeepers in Donbas

Generally, the Ukrainian delegation noted a particular progress in all four directions. The greatest progress is noted in the humanitarian area; there are positive signs that soon, the work of the checkpoints will be provided.

On November 10, the political subgroup of the Trilateral Contract Group began discussing the Ukrainian Joint Action Plan.

Earlier, Head of the Ukrainian delegation to the TCG Leonid Kravchuk stated that the Joint Action Plan, prepared by the Ukrainian side for the Trilateral Contact Group (TCG), contains a proposal on the full and complete cessation of the conflict in Donbas and the demilitarization of certain districts of Donetsk and Luhansk regions in early 2021 in order to create all necessary conditions for holding local elections there on March 31, 2021.  

 

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