Special monitoring mission (SMM) of the OSCE in Ukraine Until able to certify the execution of security measures agreed in Minsk in February, said Tuesday Last news Deputy head of SMM Alexander hug. However, the parties will be required over time to move to a political process, and the fact of the ongoing dialogue is encouraging, he said.
on Wednesday in Minsk will host the first meeting of the 4 working groups of the Trilateral contact group on political, economic, humanitarian And security problems. Hg stated that it would participate in the work of the safety team, which is headed by the head of SMM Ertugrul Apakan. Minsk consensus confer on SMM OSCE obligation to monitor the ceasefire And to verify the withdrawal of weapons with a calibre of 100 millimetres And above from the line of contact between the parties.
"I Want to be clear: the Special OSCE monitoring mission Until cannot issue a permit for the performance of this part (of the Minsk agreements relating to security)," said the Hg in the interview Last news . According to his statement, "there is sufficient evidence that" the use by both sides in the area of frontline heavy weapons, which were required to be withdrawn from this place, according to the Minsk agreements. However, the dialogue And suggests policy measures.
"as long as we are only talking about matters of" hard security ", but (Minsk agreement) Is a package of measures. All of these measures have to be fulfilled. Some of them have a sequence of actions. And ahead on the path of this process exists And policy measures, " said hug.
according to his statement, in the political field, the rollback is not happening." I think progress is being made. By itself, the fact that the parties continue to argue with each other, meet, And will meet in Minsk tomorrow, said about the fact that the dialogue continues, " said hug." Until then, as long as the parties state to each other, there is hope that All the measures envisaged by the Minsk will be eventually fulfilled, " he added.
According to Haug, except demilitarization plans Shirokino And removal of tanks And weapons with a calibre of not more than 100 millimeters along the line of contact in Minsk will be discussed procedural issues of all 4 working groups.
"This is the first meeting (working groups). Common procedural aspect of the work of these groups May also be discussed, and the rest will be determined at the meeting, " said hug.
The Ukrainian authorities began in April last year in the Donbass military operation against dissatisfied with the coup d'etat of residents of the region. According to the summary data of the UN, the victims of the conflict began more than 6 thousand people. The problem of settlement of the Ukrainian fall under negotiation in different formats, for example, at the meetings of the contact group in Minsk with the mediation of Russia And the OSCE.
The next meeting of the contact group on February 12 ended with the adoption of a package of measures on execution of the Minsk agreements, involving, for example, the ceasefire in the Donbas with fifteen February, the withdrawal of heavy weapons And the development of the security zone. Soon after informing truce in the Donbass resumed shooting, the parties blame each other in violation of the "silence" And report that conduct only return fire.
One of the most important points signed in February of the Minsk agreements was the constitutional reform, and the enactment of a permanent law on the special status of separate districts of Donetsk And Lugansk regions. The agreement notes that decentralization should take place in coordination specifically, the commissioners of these districts, However, the Kiev Authorities are ignoring This provision, arguing about the fact that you are unwilling to have a dialogue with the authorized rebellious territories. Read the full text of the Minsk agreements "