Trilateral Contact Group requires international expertise, - Minister Klimkin

Ukraine offers involving OSCE/ODIHR experts in the work of the Trilateral Contact Group for the analysis of proposals regarding elections in non-government controlled territories of the Donbas, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Pavlo Klimkin said.

"We stressed that the future modalities of elections in the Donbas should be based on the Ukrainian legislation and meet international standards, in particular that of the OSCE/ODIHR. I insisted that such experts should be present continuously in the meetings in Minsk and immediately provide a clear analysis - whether proposals correspond to the democratic standards," Klimkin told Interfax-Ukraine, commenting on the results of the meeting in Berlin, Censor.NET reports.

Klimkin also said he drew the attention of colleagues to the fact there is no continuous cease-fire in the Donbas, "we've had several cases of shelling from uncontrolled territories this week, five people have been wounded."

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"In order to achieve a permanent cease-fire, the withdrawal of tanks and artillery under 100-mm should be accomplished. Of course, we need to work out a new and effective procedure for the removal of heavy weapons, as we are all aware of the quantities of this weaponry hidden in mines and factories in the Donbas," Klimkin said.

He added it was important to start demining. "But the key condition for improving the security is the full access of OSCE observers to all areas in the Donbas. Therefore, the expansion of bases for monitoring, including those near the Ukrainian-Russian border, was a crucial issue for me. Without such a complete access, there is no assurance of improving the security," the minister said.

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The official also mentioned several humanitarian challenges, first of all, exchanging POWs, "which has stalled." Also, humanitarian missions fail to receive access to the Donbas.

Klimkin said that despite the fact that there is no progress in the provision of humanitarian aid and sustainable cease-fire, the Ukrainian side is opening new crossing points, in particular in the Luhansk region. "We will work to ensure that the residents are able to buy products at the Ukrainian prices and not the speculative ones existing in the occupied territories," he said.

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