Leaders discuss implementation of Ukraine peace measures

Ukraine/Normandy format – Communiqué issued by the Presidency of the Republic

Paris, 23 July 2015

The French President and the German Chancellor spoke to the Ukrainian and Russian Presidents about the situation in eastern Ukraine and the implementation of the Package of Measures adopted in Minsk on 12 February 2015.

During the telephone conversation, the following points were accepted:

- Security issues

The four leaders noted the agreements reached on the withdrawal of tanks and light artillery to 15 kilometres on either side of the contact line, in the framework of the Minsk working group on security. They would like these agreements to be signed as soon as possible and an effective mechanism for observation by the OSCE’s Special Monitoring Mission to be established along the contact line.

Regarding Shyrokyne, the four leaders noted the withdrawal of separatist forces and asked the OSCE’s Special Monitoring Mission and the experts from the Joint Centre for Control and Coordination (JCCC) to find practical solutions by 3 August for the withdrawal of Ukrainian troops and the deployment of the OSCE’s Special Monitoring Mission.

They agreed on the importance of honouring the commitments made in Minsk in February regarding the withdrawal of heavy weapons from the contact line, the full implementation of the ceasefire and access for the OSCE’s Special Monitoring Mission.

- Humanitarian issues

The four leaders welcomed the decision to embark on renovation projects for water treatment and supply infrastructure and to restore a railway line for transporting coal.

They welcomed the agreement reached to establish humanitarian logistics centres in the buffer zone. These centres should be used for the provision of mobile banking services.

In order to make progress on prisoner exchanges and the identification of disappeared persons, they emphasized the importance of guaranteeing free access to the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).

- Political issues

The four leaders welcomed the intention of the parties involved to discuss local elections and the decentralization system on 28 July in the framework of the Minsk working group on political affairs.

The importance of choosing a single date for the organization of local elections throughout Ukraine, including in certain sectors of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions, was emphasized.

There was also a reminder that local elections must be organized in accordance with the OSCE’s rules and be monitored by the OSCE’s Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR).

- Energy

Finally, the four leaders agreed on the need to reach an agreement quickly on the next gas package./.

Published on 29/07/2015

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