Today, as part of the discussion of the annual work security group results, the Contact group participants heard a report of the coordinator, Ambassador Cevik, who stated that he could not speak about any progress.
“Indeed, about what progress we can speak if the Ukrainian party did everything to nullify all the efforts made by the participants to agree on Measures to strengthen the ceasefire regime?
Firstly, Ukraine thwarted a joint inspection agreed at an extraordinary meeting of the Contact group to assess AFU positional violations in the area of the village of Shumy. Then it flatly refused to discuss and agree on the clear functionality of the coordination mechanism – the most important and only mechanism for verification by the parties of violations of the Measures and their elimination, pretending that they supposedly “everything works”.
Yesterday, the Ukrainian representatives said that after two months they did not see any new proposals for a coordination mechanism, and they do not understand at all what they need to work on. And all this is happening because for the sixth year now Kiev has been trying, without leaving Minsk agreements officially, to replace the party of the negotiations.
At the same time, the most disturbing thing for us is that the OSCE coordinators, with their position of so-called non-interference, allow the Ukrainian side to take such a careless attitude to the real work on the agenda. In our opinion, this is a questionable approach from the point of view of constructiveness and logic on the part of the coordinator: if there is no agreement on the most important issues, let's discuss at least something.
In this regard, we were forced to once again urge all participants to return to the Package of measures implementation, where the parties are clearly defined. Without such a direct dialogue, it is simply impossible to achieve any progress in the agreements implementation, and this should be accepted as a fact by the Ukrainian side.
With regret and concern, we state that this negotiating year, during which the instructions received from the leaders of the Normandy format countries were to be worked out and implemented, ended in another negotiation deadlock, despite all the options offered by the Republics to get out of it” - Natalia Nikonorova stated.