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Luhansk position at talks in Minsk to remain unchanged — People’s Council chairman

November 11, 2014, 19:41 UTC+3 LUGANSK
Earlier, the leaders of the self-proclaimed Luhansk and Donetsk People’s Republics said they “will propose a new version of the Minsk protocol at the nearest meeting
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LUHANSK, November 11. /TASS/. The self-proclaimed Luhansk People’s Republic (LPR) position at the upcoming talks of the Contact Group on Ukraine will remain unchanged, chairman of the Luhansk People’s Council Alexey Karyakin told TASS on Tuesday.

“We'll maintain our position: we’ll demand the same that we demanded in April,” Karyakin said.

Earlier, the leaders of the self-proclaimed Luhansk and Donetsk People’s Republics said they “will propose a new version of the Minsk protocol at the nearest meeting within the Minsk format due to the fact that Ukraine unilaterally annulled it and revoked the laws on Donbass’ special status and on amnesty”.

Donetsk and Lugansk insist the adoption of the law on Donbass’ special status and the law on amnesty “should be an obligation for Kiev.” “After these laws were annulled unilaterally, the Minsk protocol of September 5 was de facto thwarted," they said.

The republics’ governments said they could not act based on the document from where Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko “excluded the most important points” and insisted on its revision.

The Luhansk republic’s plenipotentiary envoy at the talks in Minsk, Vladislav Deinego, told TASS that no meeting had been held over the new version of the protocol.

The Donetsk republic’s plenipotentiary envoy at the Contact Group talks, Denis Pushilin, said the authorities proposed to make amendments to the control mechanism of the Minsk agreements because it did not guarantee the settlement in south-eastern Ukraine. 

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