Political Part of Minsk Deal: No conditions for elections in Donbas so far – Steinmeier

14:43 Oct. 13, 2016

No conditions for elections in Donbas so far – Steinmeier

German Chancellor Angela Merkel arrives with Foreign Minster Frank-Walter Steinmeier for the weekly cabinet meeting, Berlin, Oct. 12, 2016. (AP Photo)

German Foreign Minister again stresses the need to negotiate political package of Minsk

There are no conditions for holding elections in the occupied territories of eastern Ukraine, but parties to the conflict should be constantly involved in the negotiation process to make them possible.

That is how Germany's Foreign Minister and the current OSCE chairperson Frank-Walter Steinmeier replied to a question from Volodymyr Ariev, the head of the Ukrainian delegation in PACE, Yevropeiska Pravda correspondent reported from Strasbourg.

"You're right, now we cannot claim there are conditions for elections, but this does not mean that we do not have to work on them," said the minister.

Read also Elections in Donbas: Two years of negotiations bring no progress

"We must continue this work, sparing neither time nor effort. I hope we will have time and effort to agree on a law that will allow holding elections," he added.

Steinmeier reiterated the need to negotiate the political package of Minsk.

"The political package contains two or even three documents - the law on the special status, amnesty and elections ... At the moment we cannot talk about the elections, but we must remember that we also have no alternative to the Minsk agreements,"- Steinmeier stated.


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