MINSK, 12 February (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 previous meeting of the Trilateral Contact Group took place in Minsk on 29 January.
Following the previous meeting Special Representative of the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office in Ukraine and in the Trilateral Contact Group (TCG), Ambassador Heidi Grau said that the meetings of the Trilateral Contact Group and its Working Groups were focused mainly on the implementation of the conclusions of the Normandy Summit in Paris. The diplomat urged the sides to take all the necessary measures to comply with the ceasefire and scale up their demining activities. She also underlined the need for safe and secure access of the OSCE SMM, as required by its mandate. These are key preconditions to prevent civilian casualties and ensure a peaceful resolution of the conflict.
The Humanitarian Working Group discussed the topic of missing persons. The Security Working Group continued its discussions to identify additional areas for the disengagement of forces and hardware.
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.