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Minsk peace talks: Trilateral contact group agreed the date of the next meeting

Today in Minsk the Trilateral contact group has agreed the date of the next meeting on the next Tuesday October 27
Peace talks in Minsk: Trilateral contact group agreed the date of the next meeting

The next meeting of the Trilateral contact group to resolve the situation in Donbas will be held in Minsk on October 27. This was stated by the OSCE Representative Martin Sajdik talks at press conference after talks on Tuesday, October 20, Joinfo.ua reports with the reference to Korrespondent.

According to Sajdik, today theTrilateral contact group held talks on mine clearance in the Donetsk and Lugansk regions, since without this it would be impossible to resolve other problems.

Participants also discussed the delivery of humanitarian aid to the occupied territories, because “it is no secret that right now it is a big problem.”

“Most of the international humanitarian organizations do not work in Donbas. For the time being the International Red Cross Committee is the only one organization, which works there,” – said Saydik.

In turn, the representative of Ukraine in the humanitarian subgroup Iryna Herashchenko said that during today’s talks one of the key issues was the hostages release.

“According to updated information of Ukrainian Security Service, today 148 people are illegally detained by militants, 59 civilians and the rest are the military. 800 persons are missing,” – she wrote on Facebook.

Herashchenko stressed that international humanitarian organizations “are shocked that 16 tons of humanitarian aid just was not allowed into the occupied territories, and the humanitarian aid contained food, essential goods, building materials.”

According to her, if in the coming days separatists would not unblock access for international humanitarian missions to the occupied territories, the aid will be transferred to other countries, particularly to Africa.

Gerashchenko also said that economic subgroup discussed the restoration of water supply. It should be recalled that in the area, controlled by the militants, people have problems with water supply, which causes growing discontent among the local people. Thus, Lugansk suffers from shortage of water supply. And in order to “improve” the situation the local management stopped the supplies to the neighboring villages, so that more water could be supplied to Lugansk.