An agreement on the issue of local elections in the Donbass, the parties to this point no, but the OSCE nourishes the hope that the meeting in Minsk will contribute to this cross and the elections will form the basis for further stabilization of the situation, said Deputy head of the special monitoring mission of OSCE in Ukraine Alexander Hg.
"Both sides are working hard to do this and meet every week in Minsk in order to discuss this Issue, and this is encouraging. The more they claim the more chance of a result. Needless to say, currently there is no General Agreement. However, the meeting in Minsk have the opportunity to help cross these differences. In General, there is hope - and it ought to be - that the elections will be held and citizens are obliged to vote for those who will manage that forms the basis for further stabilization of the situation, " he told reporters on the last working day of the week.
Hg added that the OSCE will spur each side on the need to agree.
Kiev insists that the local elections in uncontrolled areas of Donbass were appointed by the authorities of Ukraine and was conducted according to Ukrainian legislation. Donetsk and Lugansk people's Republic suggest conducting their elections in local authorities, noting that representatives of the republics did not participate in the creation of not so long ago Ukraine adopted the law On elections.
according to the Minsk agreements, local elections in Donbas must be held according to the agreed with the self-proclaimed republics of the law, and after fastening in the Constitution of a special status for certain districts of Donetsk and Lugansk regions.
before the head of the Donetsk national Republic Alexander Zakharchenko said that the elections of heads of cities and districts of the DPR will be held on October 18. The self-proclaimed head LNR Igor Carpenter has appointed elections of 1 November. Carpenter explained that the appointment of the date of the local elections in LNR due to the fact that Ukraine is in the hands of individual adopts the law " On local elections ", not agreeing with LNR and DND. The content of the law if it "contradicts the letter and spirit of the Minsk agreements," he said.
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 were about 6, 5 thousand people. The settlement of the situation in the Donbass is discussed, as well as among them, during meetings in Minsk contact group, which since September of last year already took 3 of the document governing the steps to de-escalate the conflict.