Urgent steps are needed by the sides in eastern Ukraine to ensure full respect for the ceasefire and reduce the impact of the violence on civilians, said the Special Representative of the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office in Ukraine and in the Trilateral Contact Group Martin Sajdik. He also expressed his hope that the agreement will be reached at the next meeting in Minsk.
“There is another open-ended question, rather fundamental. … We have not lost hope to resolve this issue (ceasefire on the contact line). We hope that the next time it will be possible – Sajdik said.
The issues of the restoration of transmission lines discussed at the meeting of the subgroup on the economy in Minsk. To accelerate this process further negotiations will be held at the level of the relevant ministries of Ukraine and the Russian Federation “, – the OSCE special representative said.
According to Sajdik, the issue of water supply in Donbas was on the agenda of the meeting of the subgroup on the economy. In particular, Saydik said that the Ukrainian side “finally made its proposals for the tariffs to be agreed in the relevant administrative structures of Ukraine.”
OSCE Special Representative said that the participants of the Contact Group expressed the will to strengthen the cooperation of the conflicting parties with the International Red Cross (ICRC) Committee. “Toni Frisch, the coordinator of a subgroup of Humanitarian Affairs of the OSCE, once again called on the parties to cooperate closely with the International Committee of the Red Cross. In particular, to provide the ICRC access to places of detention and on cooperation for the release of people detained in connection with the conflict “, – he said.
Frisch shared his impressions from a recent visit to the contact line in Donbas, and stated that “the civilian population all over the world wish to return to their homes.”
Besides, according to Sajdik the participants discussed issues of humanitarian subgroups of detained persons, identification of missing persons and crossing the contact line of civilians, including the opening of additional crossing points and improvement of existing ones.
During the meeting, UNICEF presented a draft “road map” of measures to protect the rights of children in the Donbas. In turn, the press – secretary of the Ukrainian representative of the Trilateral contact group reported to Facebook, that “restoring control over the state border will contribute to improving the security situation. Therefore, we insist on discussing this issue in the framework of the Trilateral liaison group, as well as admission to the site boundary of the representatives of the OSCE SMM. Until security issues to be resolved, it is impossible to move forward in resolving the political, humanitarian and socio-economic problems’, wrote the press – secretary of the Ukrainian representative.
Earlier, it was reported that 72% of Ukrainians are concerned about the war in Donbas.