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30 May 2018

Talks on Ukraine resume in Minsk

MINSK, 30 May (BelTA) - A regular round of talks to secure peaceful settlement of the situation in eastern Ukraine is underway in Minsk, BelTA learned from the Belarusian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Minsk is hosting the meeting of the working groups of the trilateral contact group promoting peace settlement in Ukraine, the ministry said.

The previous talks on Ukraine were held in the Belarusian capital on 16 May. Special Representative of the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office in Ukraine and in the Trilateral Contact Group, Ambassador Martin Sajdik called upon the sides to do their utmost to avoid civilian casualties. The Working Group on Economic Issues continued its discussion of further steps to restore and improve Vodafone-Ukraine mobile communication in certain areas of Donetsk and Lugansk regions. Moreover, the group considered crucial environmental issues. The Working Group on Humanitarian Issues continued its discussion on the topics of detainees exchange and the conditions of their detention, missing persons, as well as improving conditions for the contact line crossing via the entry-exit checkpoints.

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