The next round of negotiations of the contact group on the peaceful settlement in the Donbas and its sub-working groups will be held on Tuesday in the Belarusian capital.
over the past period of time of regular meetings of the contact group yield tangible results. The parties could come To a consensus about the withdrawal from the separation line of the parties at the Donbass weapons up to a caliber of 100 millimeters and tanks.
anyway, most fundamental questions remain unresolved. For example, it concerns the elections of local authorities on the territories controlled by the self-proclaimed Luhansk and Donetsk people's republics.
The main outcome of the last meeting was the agreement of the leadership of DND and LNR to postpone these elections on October 18 and November 1, respectively. Anyway, the order in which the plebiscite shall pass, until Not Assigned and generates heated discussion. Not clear and as long as the date of the election. In view of the compromise sounded date February 2016, But to come to a common opinion until failed.
The DPR and LPR leadership links the election With the adoption of Kiev of a number of binding instruments. The Kyiv side was presented the " road map ", According to which Kiev is obliged rather to approve the Amnesty law, to cancel the military activities in the Donbass, And also to unlock the law on the special status together With the adoption of a special law on elections.
in addition, the source of the Last news said that the number of terms of postponement of elections in DND and LNR is the abolition of Kiev of the hostilities." The arguments in favor of the abolition of the regime of the ATO, which can be heard in Minsk, boil down To the fact that during counter-terrorism operations within their holding elections is impossible, " said the source.
the Commissioner of Ukraine in the political subgroup of the Immortal novel described the behavior of the authorized DND and LNR in the subgroup as an ultimatum.
it is expected that on Tuesday, the contact group would pay enough attention to the issue of demining the territory of Donbass. Authorized the OSCE in the contact group Martin Sajdik Field of the previous meeting was informed that the working subgroup on safety ready to discuss an agreement on mine clearance." For the next meeting the participants agreed to discuss the working agreement on demining and identification of priority projects, " said Sidik. He drew attention that, in the opinion of participants of negotiations, the subject of the mine in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions, are extremely important.
One of the most important areas of work of the contact group is the release of prisoners.
the Commissioner of Kiev in the humanitarian sub-group of the contact group Irina Gerashchenko said that in captivity militias of Donbass remain 153 people." we will have heavy dialogues in Minsk on 20 October. Our guys have to be released. During the work of our group managed to release about 60 Ukrainians. But Our goal and responsibility - exemption 153 heroes, " said Gerashchenko.
The Ukrainian authorities in April of last year began military action against the self-proclaimed LNR and DND. According to the final data of the UN, the victims of the conflict steel Not less than 8 thousand people.
The settlement of the situation in the Donbas region is discussed, as well As among them, during meetings in Minsk the contact group, which Since September of last year had already taken 3 of the document, regulating the steps to de-escalate the conflict. Since September, the parties shall observe the " silent mode ". And last contact group meeting, the conflicting parties agreed about the discharge of weapons up to a caliber of 100 mm.