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24 Apr 2019

Trilateral Contact Group on Ukraine in session in Minsk

Trilateral Contact Group on Ukraine in session in Minsk

MINSK, 24 April (BelTA) - Another meeting of the Trilateral Contact Group on resolving the situation in Ukraine’s east is in progress in Minsk, the Belarusian Ministry of Foreign Affairs told BelTA.

The meeting of the Trilateral Contact Group was preceded by the meetings of its working groups.

At the previous meeting of the Trilateral Contact Group on 10 April, OSCE's special representative in the Trilateral Contact Group on Ukraine Martin Sajdik said the Trilateral Contact Group agreed on the need to declare the ceasefire. “Experience shows that the sides’ political will is essential for an effective and long-lasting ceasefire. When it is the case, it can be easily achieved,” Martin Sajdik said. Moreover, the Working Group on Security discussed additional measures to strengthen the ceasefire and humanitarian demining. Coordinator of the Humanitarian Working Group, Ambassador Toni Frisch presented the results of his visit to the east of Ukraine on 3-9 April.

The Trilateral Contact Group was set up on 8 June 2014. Later, its four working groups (on Security, Political, Economic and Humanitarian Affairs) were formed. With direct participation of the Trilateral Contact Group the Minsk Agreements were reached on 5 and 19 September 2014 (Minsk 1). A document which envisages a set of measures to fulfill the Minsk agreements (Minsk 2) was harmonized during the Normandy Four talks (Germany, France, Russia and Ukraine) in Minsk on 12 February 2015.

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