On November 6, Foreign Ministers of Ukraine, Russia, France and Germany met in Normandy format in Berlin to discuss the implementation of the Minsk Agreements, the withdrawal of the weapons from the contact line and, also, the need for elections on the territory, controlled by the so-called DPR and LPR. German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said, that “the progress of negotiations and the results exceeded expectations,” reports Joinfo.ua.
Steinmeier said also, that the parties agreed on the harmonization of the order and timing of withdrawal of the weapons from the contact line and the procedure of mine clearance on the territory of Donbas.
The Ministers also discussed the procedure of elections in Donbas, namely, which political parties will be able to participate, the procedure of the vote for temporarily displaced persons, which media will be able to cover the campaign, etc.
“These are the issues that should be cleared in the coming weeks with the help of the chairman of the working group, Pierre Morel,” – said the head of the German Foreign Ministry.
He reminded that the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine still has to adopt the law on the elections, which, in his view, is particularly “a challenge.”
In turn, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, said that Ukraine has to develop a law on local elections in Donbas, which will be generally acceptable to all parties to the conflict. According to him it would take 90 days and the implementation of the Minsk Agreement will have to be moved up to the first quarter of 2016.
Pavlo Klimkin, Foreign Minister of Ukraine said that the Foreign Minister will meet in Normandy format by the end of the year.