Trilateral Contact Group gain no success on withdrawal of forces: Minsk Group fails to agree on withdrawal of forces in Donbas – Kuchma

19:36 Sep. 16, 2016

Minsk Group fails to agree on withdrawal of forces in Donbas – Kuchma

Former Ukrainian president Leonid Kuchma speaks to the media as he arrives to take part in peace talks in Minsk, Belarus, Friday, Sept. 19, 2014 (AP photo)

Kyiv categorically opposes the alteration of the demarcation line and changing Minsk agreements to satisfy Russian proxies

Ukraine's representative in the Trilateral Contact Group on the Donbas settlement, former Ukrainian President Leonid Kuchma spoke of a failure to come to an agreement on withdrawal of forces from the line of contact between the conflicting parties due to absence of compromise with regard to the very demarcation line, Interfax-Ukraine reports.

"It is easier for them (foreign ministers of Germany and France – UT) to announce, while we need to have this issue solved. We cannot go giving up our interests. If we find a way out of the situation, we will write in the documents that the September 19 line will be observed and this will be a step," Kuchma explains.

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Kuchma went on to recall that the demarcation line was agreed upon in Minsk on September 19, 2014.

"All the forces need to be withdrawn to 1 km from this line and a broader safety area has to be established. But there is one problem: the representatives of the LPR/DPR (Russian-controlled puppet states in Donbas – UT) have seized 1,500 square km since then and they are proposing a withdrawal from the new line of contact," he said.

Kyiv categorically opposes the alteration of the demarcation line, Kuchma said. "We are strongly against it and thinking over how to find a solution to this question, because security depends on how this issue is solved," Kuchma explained.

As reported, French and German foreign ministers visiting Ukraine stressed the need for the adoption of a law on local elections in Donbas and insisted it is important to grant special status to the region. Ukraine reminds - the elections are impossible unless Kyiv fully controls the state border and security level would become satisfactory.

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