TCG in Minsk fails to agree on ‘Steinmeier formula’ implementation – Sajdik

TCG in Minsk fails to agree on ‘Steinmeier formula’ implementation – Sajdik

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The Trilateral Contact Group (TCG) on the peaceful settlement of the situation in Donbas will continue to discuss the implementation of the "Steinmeier formula", the disengagement of troops and weapons along the contact line and the exchange of prisoners.

The Special Representative of the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office in Ukraine and in the Trilateral Contact Group (TCG), Ambassador Martin Sajdik, said this in a statement following the TCG’s meeting in Minsk on September 18.

"The "road map" for the implementation of the so-called "Steinmeier formula" was discussed at a meeting of the political subgroup," Sajdik said. But he didn’t comment on the decision, saying that the TCG works on the basis of consensus, and he cannot comment on the positions of the parties. This issue will be discussed again on October 1, Sajdik added.

In addition, the ambassador noted the progress in the implementation of the TCG decision concerning the repair works on the bridge in Stanytsia Luhanska, where "preparation for the restoration is successfully going on."

"The current ceasefire agreed by the TCG, and in force as of 21 July 2019, is the most sustainable one since the beginning of the conflict. According to the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission, in recent days there have been several significant spikes in ceasefire violations. Therefore, I firmly remind the sides about their political responsibility and urge them to fully comply with their commitments," Sajdik said.

Along with ceasefire and security issues, the Security Working Group focused on the prospects of renewal of the disengagement of forces and hardware in Zolote and Petrivske.

According to the Coordinator of the Security Working Group, Ambassador Yaşar Halit Çevik, the disengagement of forces and hardware, combined with broad mine action, is crucial for the civilian population.

The Humanitarian Working Group focused on the questions related to the exchange of detainees and the repair works of the bridge at Stanytsia Luhanska.

With the participation of ICRC representatives, the Economic Working Group, among other questions, paid particular attention to current water supply issues in certain areas of Donetsk and Luhansk regions as well as pension payments.

The Political Working Group focused on the discussion of the ‘Steinmeier formula’ and its place in the implementation of the Minsk agreements.”

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