Normandy Quartet format spoke on over the situation in eastern Ukraine

Source : 112 Ukraine

Merkel, Hollande, Poroshenko and Putin discussed ceasefire, demilitarization of Shyrokyne, pull heavy weaponry 15 km, elections and decentralization
12:36, 24 July 2015

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According to the press center of presidential administration, President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Francois Hollande and Russian President Vladimir Putin during a Normandy telephone conversation insisted no the need to ensure proper monitoring and verification of the ceasefire by OSCE. They supported Poroshenko’s initiative concerning the immediate signing of the Tripartite Contact Group agreement on pulling tanks, mortars and 100mm guns 15 km from the border line.
As for the Shyrokyne, Donetsk region, four leaders took into account the militants’ opinion of and appealed to the Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) OSCE experts and Joint Centre for Ceasefire Control and Coordination (JCCC), to find an immediate solutions to lead away the Ukrainian troops from as SMM OSCE starts its work on August 3.
Negotiators agreed on the importance of compliance with the commitments made by the parties in Minsk in February for removal of heavy weapons from the contact line, full compliance with the ceasefire and access special OSCE observer mission to all areas.
During the next Normandy format talk (July 28), they will discuss the issue of local elections and decentralization. They underlined the importance to schedule a single date for local elections in Ukraine, including Donetsk and Luhansk regions. The sides emphasized on following OSCE standards and presence of OSCE and Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR).
As for humanitarian issues, Normandy Quarter format welcomed the decision to restore water treatment facilities and water supply and restoration of rail link to transport coal and deploy the humanitarian centers in the buffer zone.
Poroshenko also emphasized on the necessity to release the hostages, including illegally detained persons kept in Russia, in particular, Nadia Savchenko.
Participants agreed to continue discussing this issues.

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