Minsk Agreement Un

KAREN VAN VLIERBERGE (Belgium) has found that the ceasefire is being violated every day and called for the rapid implementation of the Minsk agreements. She also urged the Russian Federation to „immediately stop feeding the conflict“ by supporting „armed formations.“ The lack of progress in implementing the Minsk agreements is being felt on the ground, she stressed, adding that the presence of heavy weapons, prohibited by the Minsk agreements, continued to threaten the chances of peace. It condemned the holding of elections in the occupied territories as early as November and called on all parties to grant humanitarian workers unrestricted and unhindered access. It reaffirmed Belgium`s full support for Ukraine`s territorial integrity. In response to allegations of Russian military presence in the Donbass, he asked Mr. Apakan and Mr. Sadjik if they could confirm the measurement of the number of Ukrainian representatives. With regard to heavy weapons, he referred to an agreement that the withdrawal would take place after seven days of rest on the contact line, which would have to be confirmed by the special mission. But there are violations on the Ukrainian side, he said, questioning Kiev`s role in the trilateral contact group and the under-contact group. With regard to the Budapest Memorandum – on Ukraine`s abandonment of the nuclear arsenal – he said that all parties to the memorandum were obliged to respect all OSCE principles and not to use nuclear weapons against Ukraine, a commitment that the Russian Federation respects. While acknowledging Ukraine`s sovereignty and territorial integrity, he said Kiev was only responsible for itself if Crimea „hesitated to flee“ in 2014.

It is ridiculous to hear from members of the Security Council who have never been to Crimea suffering, he said, stressing that his delegation had invited any UN mission to visit Crimea, provided the conditions were met. He asked what Minsk obligations his country should implement and invited everyone to read the agreements. Agreements reached by the four Normandy leaders include a ceasefire in eastern Ukraine, the withdrawal of all heavy weapons from Ukrainian territory, the exchange and release of all hostages, and the holding of local elections in Donbass. Following the negotiations, a number of measures were approved to implement the Minsk agreements reached in September 2014. In addition, a declaration of support for these measures was adopted by the leaders of Ukraine, France, Germany and Russia. In the midst of a major reduction in violence, following an agreement to resume the implementation of Minsk II concluded on 1 September, the four from Normandy held a meeting on 2 October. At the meeting, it was agreed that the elections will be held in the conflict zone, in accordance with Minsk II. [71] On that date, French President Francois Hollande said that the elections should be postponed to 2016, as it would take three months to prepare them. [71] Russian President Vladimir Putin has agreed to use his influence to prevent the DPR and LPR from holding early elections. [71] As a result, the DPR and LPR announced on 6 October that their scheduled elections had been postponed to 21 February 2016. [72] Municipal elections in the rest of Ukraine continued on 25 October 2015.

After the postponement, German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said that if OSCE observers verified that the elections scheduled in the separatist regions were in line with Ukrainian law and Minsk II, the „Special Status Act“ of those territories would immediately come into force. [73] Fran-ois DELATTRE (France) found that 12,800 people have died in Donbass since April 2014, including 3,300 civilians.