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Hollande and Merkel hold press conference: the election under the Ukrainian laws and amnesty for participants

Hollande and Merkel hold the press conference on the results of Normandy Four today’s meeting. All the participants agreed: Minsk Agreements should be implemented by the end of 2015
Hollande and Merkel hold press conference: the election under the Ukrainian laws and amnesty for participants

French President Francois Hollande and German Chancellor Angela Merkel hold the press conference on the results of Normandy Four today’s meeting. The participants agreed that Minsk Agreements should be implemented by the end of 2015, Joinfo.ua reports.

“Throughout the day, we evaluated the results of the Minsk Agreement and discussed their future. For all the points we have to keep within the framework provided by the Minsk Agreement. All candidates should be granted immunity for the elections” – said Hollande.

French President also said that during the meeting they discussed the issue of amnesty, which “should happen with the elections.” According to Hollande, elections in Donbass should be carried out under Ukrainian legislation within 80 days after the adoption of the relevant law.

“Our intention was to provide an opportunity for local elections. These elections should be held under Ukrainian electoral legislation. It is necessary for the elections to be organized in the framework of the working group so that the results of these elections were undeniable,” – he said.

“We appeal to all the concerned parties to take part in this process. The elections, which were appointed on October 18 (in DPR), can not be realized as long as certain agreements are implemented,” – said Hollande.

He also said that France does not intend to change its position on Ukraine because of Russian air strikes in Syria.

“As for the parallels that can be made, I would let it abstained. The fact that Vladimir Putin, Russia takes more active part in the Syrian situation, does not mean that we have to change somehow our approach to the Ukrainian question. I do not I think this topics are so connected, “- he said.

It should be recalled that before the beginning of the Normandy Four meeting, Hollande had a private conversation with Putin where they discussed three conditions required by France for cooperation with Russia in Syria. These are: attack ISIS and Al Qaeda and no other targets, ensure the safety of civilians, and put in place a political transition that will see the departure of Russia’s ally Syrian President Bashar Assad.