Trilateral contact group in Minsk agree on release of hostages

The trilateral contact group for the settlement of the situation in eastern Ukraine has agreed to hold another meeting next week following consultations with representatives of the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics in Minsk, reads a statement posted on the OSCE website.
“The Contact Group agreed with the representatives of separatist groups that they will hold another meeting next week,” reads the statement.
During the meeting in Minsk, the parties committed to the immediate release of a sizable number of hostages and other persons captured by of illegal armed groups in the Donbas.
In addition, the contact group agreed on the establishment of an OSCE supported monitoring and verification mechanism to become effective simultaneously with the entry into force of the cease-fire, as well as on effective control and verification on the border between Ukraine and Russia.
They meeting participants discussed the situation around the site of the MH17 crash and committed to securing further safe access to international investigators to the crash site until the investigation activities on the spot are completed.
As reported, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko asked Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko to help hold in Minsk on July 31 a meeting of the trilateral contact group on the settlement of the situation in the Donbas.
The meeting was attended by second Ukrainian President Leonid Kuchma, Russian Ambassador to Ukraine Mikhail Zurabov and an OSCE representative, the Presidential Administration reported on its page on Facebook.

01.08.2014 09:45

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