: :inin Kyiv (EET)

Poroshenko calls on members of contact group to meet as soon as possible


Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has called on the members of the Trilateral Contact Group to urgently hold consultations with the signatories to the Minsk agreements.
He said this during a meeting with members of the Trilateral Contact Group – OSCE Special Representative of the Chairperson-in-Office, Ambassador Heidi Tagliavini, Russian Ambassador Mikhail Zurabov and former Ukrainian President Leonid Kuchma, the presidential press service reported.

“The president called on the members of the Trilateral Contact Group to urgently hold consultations with the signatories to the Minsk agreements. They should decide on the immediate ceasefire and the withdrawal of heavy weapons from the contact line envisaged in the Minsk memorandum of September 19, 2014, fixing a specific time frame for withdrawal of troops, regaining Ukraine’s control over uncontrolled areas of the Ukrainian-Russian border in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions and the introduction of continuous monitoring on the border by the OSCE, as the practical effect of the consultations,” reads the statement.
The Trilateral Contact Group should also decide on supplying the affected regions of Donetsk and Luhansk with essential goods and humanitarian assistance, as well as reach a significant progress in the release of the hostages and illegally detained persons.
There was also exchange of views on the relevant aspects of the settlement of the situation in some areas of Donetsk and Luhansk regions during the meeting.

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