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 Normandy Four leaders’ advisers discuss OSCE armed police mission deployment in Donbas

Minsk is hosting a meeting of foreign policy advisers to the heads of state of Normandy Four (Germany, France, Ukraine, Russia) following the results of the latest telephone conversation in the Normandy format, which took place May 24.

Censor.NET reports citing the press office of the president of Ukraine.

"The meeting participants are discussing the issues of security in the Donbas, in particular, the deployment of the OSCE armed police mission. The political settlement of the conflict and arrangements for the next telephone talks in the Normandy format are also on the agenda," the statement reads.

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Sources of ZN.UA also informed that the parties were to come closer to the target of harmonizing the bill on elections in the occupied Donbas at the meeting of the Trilateral Contact Group in Minsk on 15 June. Ukraine's Presidential Administration Deputy Head Kostiantyn Yelisieiev and Russian President's aide Vladislav Surkov are going to take part in the talks.

It should be reminded that ensuring security in the region is currently the key point of the negotiations on stabilization of the situation in the Donbas and implementation of the Minsk agreements. This issue is proposed to be solved by the efforts of the OSCE armed police mission, which should operate at least during the elections in the occupied territory of the Donbas. A unanimous decision of all 57 countries-participants is required to deploy the OSCE armed police mission in the Donbas.

Earlier, the president of Ukraine said that the OSCE had started debates on the introduction of the armed police mission in the Donbas. Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin also noted that during the talks, all the parties had recognized the need to deploy the OSCE armed police mission in the Donbas.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov formally confirmed that Russia was ready to accept the fact that "the representatives of the OSCE in the Donbas will be armed". Ukrainian Foreign Minister Klimkin stressed that there would be no representatives of Russia and its allies in the Collective Security Treaty Organization in the OSCE police mission. The parties are currently discussing the "negative list" approach which stipulates for each party to voice the country unable to participate in the mission in the Donbas thus creating a list of conditionally nonaligned countries.

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