MINSK, 11 March (BelTA) – Minsk is hosting a meeting of the working subgroups of the Trilateral Contact Group on resolving the situation in Ukraine's east, BelTA learned from the Belarusian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The previous meeting of the Trilateral Contact Group took place in Minsk on 26 February. Apart from the overall situation in conflict zone, the subgroup on security considered proposals of the parties to choose additional areas for separating forces and assets as well as mine clearance efforts. The subgroup on economic affairs focused on the payment of pensions and matters of water supply in certain areas of Donetsk Oblast and Lugansk Oblast. The subgroup on political affairs discussed matters regarding the special status of these areas as well as the implementation of the Steinmeier formula into the Ukrainian legislation. The subgroup on humanitarian affairs considered exchange of detainees and ways to ensure effective search for missing persons. The possibility of opening new checkpoints at the contact line was also on the agenda.