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 "It is not final outcome but beginning of process," – French Foreign Minister on disengagement agreement in Donbas

Minister of Foreign Affairs of France Jean-Marc Ayrault welcomed the framework agreement concluded in Minsk regarding withdrawal of troops and hardware from the line of contact at three sections of the front in the Donbas.

Deputy spokesperson for the French Foreign Ministry Alexandre Giorgini read out the text of the minister's official statement at a press briefing in Paris, Censor.NET reports.

The statement reads: "I welcome the signature of the framework agreement on the disengagement of forces, which was reached in Minsk today in the OSCE Trilateral Contact Group format.

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"This agreement, which must now be implemented, concerns three pilot areas: Stanytsia Luhanska and Zolote, in the Luhansk region, and Petrivske, in the Donetsk region.

"This measure, which takes immediate effect, will remove heavy weapons from the combatants. It is therefore not a final outcome but the beginning of a process aimed at consolidating the fragile ceasefire which came into force on 1 September 2016. As such, the agreement must be fully carried out by its signatories and subsequently extended to include other points on the contact line.

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"Over the past few months, and particularly during the joint visit I paid to Ukraine last week with the German Foreign Minister, I've pressed for this agreement to be signed and, more broadly, for an improvement in the security situation on the ground.

"France, together with Germany, will continue its efforts to get the Minsk Package of Measures completely implemented," Jean-Marc Ayrault said.


 
 
 
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