Grau: Project of Consultative Council was discussed in Normandy Format.

Special Representative of the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office in Ukraine Heidi Grau has stated that the project of the Consultative Council as part of the Trilateral Contact Group was discussed in the Normandy Format.

“The Political Working Group discussed aspects related to the special status of CADR and CALR [certain areas of Donetsk and Luhansk regions], as foreseen by the Minsk Agreements. The participants also took note of the fact that the project of the Consultative Council was discussed in the Normandy Format,” reads the press statement of Special Representative of the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office in Ukraine and in the Trilateral Contact Group, Ambassador Heidi Grau after the regular meeting of the Trilateral Contact Group on 26 March 2020.

As noted, the Security Working Group discussions focused on identification of additional disengagement areas of forces and hardware. However, “further efforts are still required to address this issue.”

While discussing mine action the Working Group participants shared the common view regarding its essential necessity, underlining in particular the importance of mine clearance of civilian facilities and their surroundings.

“The Humanitarian Working Group considered the issues regarding opening of the new entry-exit crossing points on the line of contact in the Luhansk region. Preparations for the next exchange of detainees were also discussed,” the statement reads.

As noted, the Economic Working Group concentrated on the issues of water supplies across the line of contact in certain areas of Donetsk and Luhansk regions. The issue of pension payments was also considered.

“I call on the sides to the conflict to respond to UN Secretary-General’s A. Guterres appeal for a global ceasefire in connection with the coronavirus outbreak to stop all military hostilities and impose a cessation of fire,” Ambassador Heidi Grau emphasized.

The regular meetings of the Trilateral Contact Group and its Working Groups were held through video conferencing from 24 to 26 March due to coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic and related restrictions imposed by both Ukraine and the Russian Federation.

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