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No serious progress in POW exchange talks in contact group on Ukraine in Minsk

Politics 23.08.2017 | 19:53

MINSK, 23 August (BelTA) – The contact group on Ukraine has failed to secure any serious advance in discussing the exchange of people, who are held captive due to the conflict in Ukraine, BelTA learned from the OSCE's special representative in the trilateral contact group on Ukraine Martin Sajdik on 23 August.

The subgroup on humanitarian affairs continued intensive discussions about the POW exchange. “It is hard to say whether progress has been secured in these discussions today. I think that discussing these matters is a very complicated thing because it involves people and their fates. And, certainly, any decisions have to be taken responsibly. Today one cannot say some concrete advancement has been secured in this matter,” said Martin Sajdik.

Results of visits to POW camps were summed up, too. “I would like to welcome the initiative of such visits. They are necessary for getting familiar with POW accommodation conditions on both sides of the contact line,” noted the OSCE representative.

The subgroup on political affairs exchanged opinions in light of the Normandy Four talks. In particular, they discussed matters concerning the Steinmeier formula and the law on the special status of several districts of Donetsk Oblast and Lugansk Oblast.

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