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29 January 2020, 16:38

Trilateral Contact Group on Ukraine in session in Minsk

MINSK, 29 January (BelTA) – The Trilateral Contact Group to settle the situation in eastern Ukraine is in session in Minsk, BelTA learned from the press service of the Belarusian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The working groups of the Trilateral Contact Group convened earlier this day.

The previous session took place on 16 January 2020. Special Representative of the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office in Ukraine and in the Trilateral Contact Group (TCG), Ambassador Heidi Grau called on the parties to strengthen demining activities. In 2019, the number of civilian casualties decreased significantly reaching the lowest level since the beginning of the conflict. In January 2020, compared to late 2019, the number of ceasefire violations sizably dropped. Last year not a single child fatality was reported. Mines remain the main cause of casualties among civilians, Heidi Grau added.

The Trilateral Contact Group was established on 8 June 2014. Four subgroups were established later to focus on discussing security, political, economic, and humanitarian affairs. The Trilateral Contact Group helped secure the Minsk agreements on 5 September and 19 September 2014. During the Normandy format summit (Germany, France, Russia, and Ukraine) in Minsk on 12 February 2015, the parties passed a package of measures to fulfill the Minsk agreements.

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