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Luhansk says not worried about Poroshenko’s plans to scrap special status law

November 04, 2014, 11:15 UTC+3 LUGANSK
This law would not suit us anyway, the head of the self-proclaimed Luhansk People's Republic’s People’s Council Alexey Karyakin says
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Alexey Karyakin

Alexey Karyakin

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LUHANSK, November 4. /TASS/. Authorities in the self-proclaimed Luhansk People’s Republic said on Tuesday they were not concerned about Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko’s intention to scrap a law that would have offered “special status” to the country’s eastern Donetsk and Luhansk regions.

“There is no problem. This law would not suit us anyway,” Alexey Karyakin, the head of the republic’s People’s Council, told TASS, dismissing the “special status” law as inadequate.

Poroshenko said on Monday he would hold a meeting of Ukraine's Security and Defense Council on Tuesday to propose abolishing the law granting special self-government to the Donetsk and Luhansk regions. He also said another law could be adopted if the self-proclaimed republics “reversed” the elections held on November 2, the results of which were not recognized by Kiev.

The “special status” law envisaged allowing the Donetsk and Luhansk regions to run their own affairs and also scheduled local elections for December 7.

Last week, the Russian Foreign Ministry issued a statement stressing that the elections in the self-prcolaimed Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics were in full compliance with the Minsk agreements. It said that the position the leaders of self-defense forces of the two republics have taken on the November 2 elections is justified and stands fully in line with the accords reached at conferences of the Contact Group for Ukraine in Minsk in September.

“All the references to the law on a special administrative regime for the aforesaid territories, which President Poroshenko signed October 16 and which set the date of elections at December 7, run counter to the Minsk accords,” the ministry said. The date, according to the ministry, was fixed unilaterally, without being agreed with the Donetsk and Luhansk militias.

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