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Kiev needs to coordinate parliament’s decree on Donbas status with DPR, LPR — DPR leader

March 16, 2015, 13:46 UTC+3 DONETSK
Alexander Zakharchenko called the lack of agreed document, which has signatures of leaders of self-proclaimed republics, violation of the Minsk agreements
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DONETSK, March 16. /TASS/. The Ukrainian parliament’s decree on the areas with special status in Donbas should be agreed with the representatives of the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics, the DPR leader said on Monday.

"Any document submitted to the Verkhovna Rada and related to the status of Donbas should be agreed with the DPR and LPR," Alexander Zakharchenko was quoted by the Donetsk news agency as saying.

"If there is no agreed document, which has our signatures with [Igor] Plotnitsky then this is the violation of the Minsk agreements. I will wait for tomorrow when they will consider this and will make a statement," Zakharchenko said.

The Donetsk republic has not yet seen the document, he added.

"The main sense and the spirit of the Minsk agreements is the coordination of all the provisions of the agreements with us as the citizens of the DPR and LPR. That’s the whole sense. This refers to the constitutional reform and the law on the special status and the other remaining things," he stressed.

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has submitted to the Verkhovna Rada a draft law on amending Article 10 of the law on the special order of self-governance in certain areas of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions. The draft law was registered in the database of the parliament on Monday.

The envoys of the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Luhansk republics to the Contact Group, Denis Pushilin and Vladislav Deinego, earlier called on the Ukrainian lawmakers to adopt a decree on the region’s special status.

They warned that the "the party of war" should not get advantage of the decree to revise the law on the special status and introduce amendments to it. According to the official website of the Ukrainian parliament, Rada’s next plenary session will take place on March 17.

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