On January 20, the Trilateral Contact Group held a meeting in Minsk, Belarus on the settlement of the situation in the eastern Ukraine, Joinfo.ua reports. According to the information posted on Facebook by Darka Olifer, the press secretary of the ex-president Leonid Kuchma, the representative of Ukraine in the Trilateral Contact Group.
“The representatives of certain areas of Donetsk and Luhansk regions do not fulfill the recommendations of the Trilateral Contact Group neither on adherence of the silence mode nor on the exchange of illegally detained persons. In the last minute the representatives of certain areas of Donetsk and Luhansk regions put forward completely unacceptable conditions of the exchange. Thus, dozens of people, who have not seen their families for months, were unable to return to their homes again,”- wrote Olifer.
“Unfortunately, the recommendations of the Trilateral Contact Group, I stress – recommendations – because our decisions are not mandatory – were not met. Without a ceasefire and adherence of the silence mode, without the full withdrawal of heavy weapons and the confirmation of the withdrawal by the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission, without re-establishing of control over the Ukrainian-Russian border is impossible to talk about elections or changes to the Constitution of Ukraine, not to mention dealing with humanitarian, economic issues and mine clearance,” – said the representative of Ukraine to the Tripartite Liaison Group Leonid Kuchma. – “Without the implementation of these basic conditions it is impossible to pass the relevant security procedures of legislative changes in [Ukrainian] Parliament. After all, Ukraine is a democratic state. We do not have a pocket parliament, which would make decisions on orders from above, “- said Leonid Kuchma.
Ukraine is concerned about the attacks on the OSCE SMM observers, which took place last week on the territory of Donbas uncontrolled by Ukraine. It indicates the deterioration of conditions of the safe work of the OSCE SMM observers in the certain areas of Donetsk and Luhansk regions.
The next meeting of the Trilateral Contact Group will take place in Minsk on 27 January.