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Security subgroup of Ukraine Contact Group starts work in Minsk

September 04, 2015, 11:43 UTC+3 MINSK
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MINSK, September 4. /TASS/. Representatives of the security working subgroup formed as part of the Contact Group on the Ukraine crisis have resumed talks in Minsk, the Belarusian Foreign Ministry said on Friday.

"The working subgroup on security problems of resolving the conflict in eastern Ukraine has resumed its work in Minsk behind closed doors," the ministry said on its Twitter account.

The sides last met in the Belarusian capital on August 26-27. Negotiations continued about 27 hours.

A full-format meeting of the Trilateral Contact Group and its working subgroups is scheduled to take place in Minsk on September 8.

The Trilateral Contact Group comprising senior representatives from Russia, Ukraine and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) on February 12, 2015, signed a 13-point Complex of Measures to fulfil the September 2014 Minsk agreements.

The Complex of Measures (Minsk-2), earlier agreed in the Belarusian capital with leaders of Russia, Ukraine, Germany and France, envisaged a ceasefire between Ukrainian government forces and people’s militias starting from February 15.

This was to be followed by withdrawal of heavy weapons from the line of military engagement by at least 15 kilometres (9 miles), prisoner release and agreement for international observers to monitor the truce.

Based on September’s stillborn Minsk peace protocol, the deal also laid out a road map for a lasting settlement in Ukraine, including local elections and constitutional reform to give the war-torn eastern regions more autonomy.

Among the terms of the February 12 deal was a commitment to intensify the work of the Contact Group. Four subgroups, tasked with addressing security, political, economic and humanitarian issues, are expected to advance work by the Contact Group in activating elements of the Minsk deal.

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