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Ukraine Contact Group, subgroups finish meetings in Minsk

June 16, 2015, 19:09 UTC+3 MINSK
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MINSK, June 16. /TASS/. The Contact Group on Ukraine has ended its regular meeting in the Belarusian capital city of Minsk, a TASS correspondent reported from the site.

Earlier on Tuesday, three sectoral subgroups, namely those on security issues, on humanitarian issues and on political issues, held their meetings in Minsk.

The Minsk accords were signed on February 12, 2015 after 14-hour negotiations between the Normandy Four leaders (Russian President Vladimir Putin, French President Francois Hollande, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Ukrainian President Pyotr Poroshenko) in the Belarusian capital city of Minsk. Concurrently, Minsk hosted a meeting of the Contact Group on Ukrainian settlement.

A 13-point Package of Measures on implementation of the September 2014 Minsk agreements in particular included an agreement on cessation of fire from February 15, withdrawal of heavy armaments, as well as measures on long-term political settlement of the situation in Ukraine, including a constitutional reform and decentralization in Ukraine and the establishment of working subgroups as priority tasks.

The subgroups focus on four areas: economic issues and restoration of facilities; refugees, internally displaced persons and humanitarian assistance; political issues; security issues.

The previous talks of the Contact Group and its subgroups took place in Minsk on June 2.

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