Leaders hold new talks on Ukraine

Ukraine/Russia – Normandy format/telephone conversation between M. François Hollande, President of the Republic, Mrs Angela Merkel, Chancellor of Germany, and Mr Petro Poroshenko, President of Ukraine – Communiqué issued by the Presidency of the Republic

Paris, 13 October 2016

The French President spoke to President Poroshenko today.

The French President reiterated his commitment, alongside the Chancellor, to a peaceful resolution of the crisis in eastern Ukraine. More than a year after the last summit, which was held in Paris, efforts must be redoubled on implementing all the Minsk agreements, in the area of security and on the political issues.

He called for a road map to be drawn up swiftly which commits all parties and clearly sets out the stages which must lead, at the end of the process, to Ukraine regaining control of its border with Russia.

All the conditions must be created for elections in the east of the country as a matter of urgency, in the framework of Ukrainian law and with due regard for OSCE standards. It is therefore imperative for the ceasefire to be consolidated and for the disengagement operations to be continued and extended.

The French President emphasized that he was ready to participate, in the next few days, in a new Normandy-format meeting, which should provide decisive impetus with a view to resolving the crisis./.

Ukraine/Russia – Normandy format/telephone conversation between M. François Hollande, President of the Republic, Mrs Angela Merkel, Chancellor of Germany, and Mr Vladimir Putin, President of Russia – Communiqué issued by the Presidency of the Republic

Paris, 12 October 2016

The French President, President Putin and Chancellor Merkel had a conversation today.

They worked together to create the conditions for a Normandy-format summit that could be organized very soon in Berlin. They agreed on the need for such a meeting to be constructive and useful with a view to resolving the crisis in eastern Ukraine.

The main parameters are known. On the ground, they involve a lasting ceasefire, the speeding-up of disengagement operations and unhindered access for the OSCE monitoring mission as far as the border. At political level, they require local elections to be held in the framework of and in compliance with Ukrainian law and the OSCE’s standards.

The [French] President and the Chancellor will also speak to President Poroshenko tomorrow./.

Published on 13/10/2016

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