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Ukraine constitutional commission not to consider Donbas proposals — parliament speaker

June 25, 2015, 13:51 UTC+3 KIEV
As part of peace agreements signed in Minsk, Belarus, in February, authorities of the Donetsk and Luhansk republics in mid-May submitted their proposals for Ukraine’s constitutional make up
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Ukraine parliament Speaker Vladimir Groysman

Ukraine parliament Speaker Vladimir Groysman

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KIEV, June 25. /TASS/. Amendments to Ukraine’s constitution proposed by the self-proclaimed eastern republics of Donetsk and Luhansk will not be taken into consideration at a meeting of a constitutional commission, specially created to review the country’s constitution, Ukraine parliament Speaker Vladimir Groysman said on Thursday.

"I would like to stress that we have not received any separate proposals from the Contact Group [on the Ukraine crisis]," Groysman told reporters ahead of the commission’s meeting, scheduled to take place on Friday. "As soon as we receive them, they will be publicly considered by the constitutional commission."

As part of peace agreements signed in Minsk, Belarus, in February, authorities of the Donetsk and Luhansk republics in mid-May submitted their proposals for Ukraine’s constitutional make up.

They spelt out in detail their special status within Ukraine and provided definitions of their rights and responsibilities.

On June 8, the self-proclaimed republics unveiled their additional proposals concerning powers of the current local authorities. The text of the Ukrainian constitution remained unchanged.

Constitutional reform is a key part of the February 12 comprehensive action plan to fulfil the Minsk accords worked out by leaders of Russia, Ukraine, Germany and France.

A key element of the reform is decentralisation of government with respect to the peculiarities of certain areas of Donetsk and Luhansk regions agreed with their representatives, as well as adopting permanent legislation on the special status of certain Donbass areas.

In late March, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko signed a decree establishing a constitutional commission tasked with amending the country’s constitution.

The commission comprises 72 members, including 13 experts of international organisations. It also includes representatives of parliamentary factions, scientists and experts, as well as three former Ukrainian presidents.

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